Supreme Court Restricts EPA’s Power in CO2 Emissions and More News

The Supreme Court restricts EPA’s authority in emissions of CO2, Man gored by bison while protecting child at Yellowstone, R. Kelly gets long-term prison sentence, First black woman sworn into Supreme Court, and more news.

Supreme Court restricts authority of EPA to regulate power plant emissions

The Supreme Court struck down the ruling of a lower court that had given the Environmental Protection Agency virtually unlimited regulatory powers through the Clean Air Act, placing restrictions on the EPA’s authority.

In a 6-3 decision, the Court rolled back authority from the EPA, giving the power back to Congress, the New York Post reported.

“It is not plausible that Congress gave EPA the authority to adopt on its own such a regulatory scheme,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote. “A decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body.”

The plaintiffs in the case are nearly 2 dozen conservative-leaning states with fossil fuel interests, led by West Virginia, who argued for limits to government power and regulating emissions from coal-fired power plants, Yahoo News reported.

The Supreme Court wrote on Twitter: “The Supreme Court sharply curtails the authority of the EPA to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change. In a 6-3 ruling, the court sides with conservative states and fossil-fuel companies in adopting a narrow reading of the Clean Air Act.”

Man protecting child gored by bison at Yellowstone, 2nd attack this year

A 34-year-old Colorado man was attacked by bison near Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park after he stepped in to protect a child from the charging animal, Today reports. The bison was focused on two adults and a child when the man scooped up the child. He had the kid in his arms when he was gored, and they were both lifted off the ground by the nearly 2000-pound bison, then dumped as the child ran to safety, video from Inside Edition shows. The man was hospitalized with a dislocated arm. The bison then moves on and focuses on another tourist, farther away, who appears to use bear spray. This marks the second attack on a tourist this year.

R. Kelly gets long-term prison sentence, facing another trial in Chicago

Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly, 55, was facing 10-to-life in prison after his conviction for nine federal charges, which included sex crimes and human trafficking. He was sentenced in a Brooklyn, New York courtroom on Wednesday to 30 years in federal prison, TMZ reported. He was also ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. Kelly still faces child pornography and obstruction of justice charges in Chicago and is set to begin trial on August 15, Breitbart reported. Kelly has been held without bail since 2019.

Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in as first black woman on Supreme Court

Ketanji Brown Jackson took her judicial oath of office as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on Thursday, becoming the first black woman to serve on the highest court in the nation, the Washington Post reported.

Biden says gas prices will stay high as long as it takes Ukraine to win

President Joe Biden made it clear that high gas prices for Americans will stay intrinsically linked to the war in Ukraine. Speaking to reporters in Madrid, Spain, Biden said prices won’t drop until Ukraine defeats Russia, the New York Post reported.

A New York Times reporter asked the president: “How long is it fair to expect American drivers and drivers around the world to pay that premium for this war?”

“As long as it takes,” Biden replied. “Russia cannot, in fact, defeat Ukraine and move beyond Ukraine.”