On September 27, 2016, more than a dozen lawyers and ten D.C. Circuit judges debated the legality of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) signature climate change rule, the Clean Power Plan. That rule aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants by requiring steep reductions in and replacing that generation with power from low- or zero-emitting sources. A decision is not expected until sometime in 2017, and the case is likely headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which in early 2016 granted an extraordinary stay pending review.
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