Madrid, 1 (European press)
The United Nations says the US Supreme Court’s decision to limit the powers of the country’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) represents a “setback” in the fight against climate change.
“Although it is not the role of the United Nations to make legal comments on the judicial decisions of member states, in general I can say that it is a setback for our fight against climate change, at a time when we are already far from achieving the goals,” said UN Secretariat spokesman Stephane Dujarric. The Paris Agreement.
Thus, he noted that the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, “has repeatedly said that the G20 must lead efforts to dramatically increase climate action” and argued that the US Supreme Court’s decision “makes it more difficult to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement for a healthy and livable nation.” , especially when we need to accelerate the phase-out of coal and the transition to renewable energy.
Stressing that Guterres, Dujarric said, “we must remember that an emergency of a global nature such as climate change requires a global response and that state actions should not and cannot determine whether we will reach our climate goals.” That there is still time to avoid the worst effects of climate change if all countries, particularly those that make up the G-20, step up their efforts with cities, businesses, businesses and investors.”
The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency does not have the authority to recommend clean energy transition policies for the nation’s production plants, in a blow to initiatives in this regard proposed by President Joe Biden. However, the ruling preserves the powers of the Environmental Protection Agency when it comes to regulating emissions of polluting gases from the nation’s power plants.
However, any future measures to tackle carbon dioxide pollution should be limited to restrictions on specific coal plants, rather than pressure on companies to switch from coal to renewables. The petitioners, a mix of conservative states and coal companies, successfully challenged a federal appeals court ruling, ending a legal battle that began under the Obama administration.
The US energy sector is the country’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases, with more than 3,300 fossil-fuel power plants, including 284 coal-fired facilities, according to the Energy Information Agency, according to data captured by ABC News. .