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While the focus was on New Hampshire, SCOTUS knocked the teeth out of Obama’s Clean Power Plan

By Doug Powers  •  February 10, 2016 07:58 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

One of Obama’s longtime stated goals has been to make energy prices “skyrocket”:

The president has been hoping to leave that price skyrocketing as a “gift” to Americans (poor hardest hit, admitted the EPA chief), but the Supreme Court has once again gotten in the way of one of his EOs:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dealt President Barack Obama a blow by moving to temporarily block his administration’s rules to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

Reacting to a lawsuit from 29 states, as well as the energy industry, justices blocked the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan from going forward while the rule is challenged in court.

The decision means that Obama now has two major legacy actions — immigration and climate change — stuck in the court system with the specter of a Republican taking over the White House in January.

Another detail:

The 5-to-4 vote, with the court’s four liberal members dissenting, was unprecedented — the Supreme Court had never before granted a request to halt a regulation before review by a federal appeals court.

The White House is obviously ticked after having gotten yet another reminder that we have a Constitution:

Bernie Sanders called SCOTUS stopping the Clean Power Plan in its tracks “deeply disturbing.” Future judges who were educated at Bernie Sanders’ Free College™ won’t make such mistakes.

All this is another reminder of what’s at stake this November. The next president will likely be nominating at least a couple (perhaps more) Supreme Court judges with an oft-mushy Senate GOP majority (assuming they hold that majority) voting on confirmations. Imagine what would happen under President Sanders or President Hillary Clinton with six or more lib/lefties on the Supreme Court.

**Written by Doug Powers

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