SCOTUS Puts Climate Plan on Hold

The Supreme Court makes important decisions that have a big impact on our country. It recently issued a setback to President Obama's efforts to combat climate change.

The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked the administration's plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Under the EPA's clean power plan, individual states would be required to meet specific carbon emission reduction standards based on their energy consumption.

The plan has been criticized by republicans, who call it "unlawful". More than two-dozen states have filed a federal lawsuit to challenge the clean power plan.

A federal appeals court will hold a hearing on that suit in June.

Instructional Links

Website Article: American Museum of Natural History, OLogy, What is Climate Change

Lesson Plan: PBS LearningMedia, The Third Branch

Website Article: International Carbon Bank & Exchange, Carbon for Kids

Magazine Article: Scholastic SuperScience, The Cycle of Greenhouse Gases, Oct. 2002.

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