Ruling ‘Hamstrings’ EPA, MontCo Caucus Democrats Say

HARRISBURG PA – The U.S. Supreme Court’s vote Friday (July 1, 2022) strips the congressionally authorized federal Environmental Protection Agency “of its power to address the greatest threat of our time, climate change,” members of the Pennsylvania House Democrats Climate Caucus claimed in a joint statement.

Caucus members representing portions of Montgomery County include Reps. Joe Ciresi, Joe Webster, Nancy Guenst, Kevin Boyle, Matthew Bradford, Tim Briggs, Maria Collett, Mary Jo Daley, Pamela A. DeLissio, Liz Hanbidge, Steve Malagari, Ben Sanchez, Melissa Shusterman, and Greg Vitali.

The court’s 6-3 decision restricted the EPA’s “ability to regulate the carbon emissions that are dangerously overheating our planet,” the group claimed. As a result, it added, it “has ensured that the EPA will be hamstrung in its efforts to protect our environment.”

The caucus “remains ever more committed to promoting legislation and policy that will allow us to uphold our constitutional responsibility to protect Pennsylvanians’ right to clean air, pure water and the preservation of the environment,” it concluded.

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