September 26, 2016 – Ann Carlson, Shirley Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law and faculty co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, reviewed President Obama’s Clean Power Plan in the Washington Post as an appeals court in Washington weighs the legality of the administration’s plan to force sharp cuts in power plants’ carbon emissions and push the nation toward cleaner energy sources.
“Ironically, even if it’s struck down, we may see a reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions in the electricity sector because of trends in moving to natural gas,” said Professor Carlson. But, she added, “What the court has to say about EPA’s authority . . . will be important for future administrations. It will have consequences.”