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US bishops criticize Supreme Court decision on Congressional authority

July 01, 2022

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CWN Editor's Note: The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement expressing dismay over a Supreme Court ruling that Congress, not regulatory agencies, should settle major policy questions.

In the case of Wester Virginia v. EPA, the Court ruled by a 6-3 majority that the Environmental Protection Agency had exceeded its authority by seeking to set sweeping standards for the energy industry. “A decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself,” explained Chief Justice John Roberts in the majority ruling, which was issued June 30.

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City, who chairs the USCCB domestic-justice committee, expressed disappointment with the decision. “The Catholic bishops of the United States have long-supported the EPA’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases in order to address climate change,” he said.

The Supreme Court decision left open the possibility that greenhouse gases could be regulated by Congressional action.

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