Lummis Applauds SCOTUS Ruling on Clean Air Act

June 30, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) released the following statement after the Supreme Court of the United States issued an opinion stating Congress did not give the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority to regulate which fuels power plants can use.“Domestic energy production has been under constant attack by both the Biden and Obama Administrations, and I’m glad the Supreme Court ruled the Clean Air Act does not give the EPA the power to decide unilaterally what fuels power plants can and cannot use,” said Senator Lummis. “The EPA under those administrations completely overstepped its authority by circumventing Congress to target oil, natural gas, and coal producers. While I am committed to pursuing clean energy technologies through efforts like the American Energy, Jobs and Climate Plan, the power to create sweeping environmental rules belongs with the legislative branch, and I’m glad the Supreme Court ruled that federal agencies cannot put broad policies in place by sidestepping Congress.”

Senator Lummis signed onto an amicus brief last year, alongside dozens of her Senate colleagues, expressing concerns with the Biden Administration’s interpretation of the Clean Air Act. Last year she joined U.S. Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) to unveil the American Energy, Jobs, and Climate Plan which would promote American domestic energy production and jobs while reducing global emissions by up to 40 percent from today’s levels by 2050. More on this framework can be found here.