Former President Obama has to be livid that one of his marquee accomplishments of climate change regulations was shot down by federal courts.
The court ruled that the Environment Protection Agency does not have the power to implement a 2015 rule that banned hydeofluorocarbons(HFCs) HFCs are commonly found in refrigerators, car air conditioners and aerosol spray cans.
While this might sound a bit wonky, it will have major reverberations for the U.S. economy – in a VERY good way!
The DC Appeals Court ruled that since HFC’s do not hurt the ozone, the EPA could not classify them as banned chemicals.
“Indeed, before 2015, EPA itself maintained that Section 612 did not grant authority to require replacement of nonozone-depleting substances such as HFCs,” the court wrote.
“EPA’s novel reading of Section 612 is inconsistent with the statute as written. Section 612 does not require (or give EPA authority to require) manufacturers to replace non-ozonedepleting substances such as HFCs,” said the opinion, written by Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
This is similar to the water regulation policy President Trump rolled back soon after his inauguration.
“The regulation, known as the Waters of the U.S. rule, broadened the definition of the type of water body that would fall under EPA’s formidable clean water enforcement powers, making everything from streams to ditches and watering holes subject to the EPA’s and Army Corps of Engineers’ oversight.
The rule has been a top target for the GOP on Capitol Hill for more than two years, with Republicans and some Democrats opposing the regulation, which was renamed the Clean Water Rule after being made final by EPA. Trump vowed to repeal the regulation during his campaign. The executive order is meant to be a sign that he intends to keep his promises to supporters, who want to rein in the Obama administration’s overreaching rules.”
This is a huge win for Americans. Businesses and families can get our from the grip of the overarching Obama policies.