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SCOTUSblog By Amy Howe 5/26/2022

The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a plea from Louisiana and nine other states to bar federal agencies from considering the social costs of greenhouse gases as part of their decision-making process. In a brief, unsigned order, the justices declined to reinstate a district-court ruling that had temporarily blocked the Biden administration from using the cost estimates. There were no dissents recorded from Thursday’s order.

The dispute in which the justices declined to intervene began last year, after President Joe Biden – on his first day in office – signed an executive order that revived an agency, formed during the Obama administration but disbanded during the Trump administration, known as the Interagency Working Group on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases. The executive order gave the working group the power to issue estimates on the “social costs” of greenhouse gases and required federal agencies to include these estimates in each cost-benefit analysis for new regulations. The working group issued interim estimates in February 2021.

States with Republican governors or attorneys general challenged the policy. They called the order and the estimates a “power grab designed to manipulate America’s entire federal regulatory apparatus through speculative costs and benefits so that the Administration can impose its preferred policy outcomes on every sector of the American economy.” A federal district court in Louisiana temporarily blocked the Biden administration from using the estimates as part of its regulatory decision-making process while litigation continues.


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