Supreme Court ruling is bad news for birds and everyone else too

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WASHINGTON – “This Supreme Court ruling directly threatens our ability to protect the birds, people and places we need,” said Marshall Johnson, conservation manager, National Audubon Society. “Birds tell us that the climate is changing and that more needs to be done. Stripping agencies like the EPA of their ability to respond to these real and urgent threats puts our communities, birds, and other wildlife at greater risk.

In a 6-3 The US Supreme Court’s decision today severely restricted the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate carbon pollution and respond to the threat of climate change. The case in question involved a rule that is no longer in effect and offers an unprecedented “advisory ruling” on the agency’s future regulatory actions. Today’s decision could also be interpreted as limiting the ability of other federal agencies to issue and enforce similar regulations.

“The EPA needs to be able to regulate and enforce guidelines to conserve our natural resources and ensure we all have clean water to drink and fresh air to breathe,” Johnson said.

The implications of this decision could go far beyond carbon pollution by potentially limiting the ability of federal agencies to respond to clear and current threats to wildlife and people. It could even undermine our nation’s fundamental environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.

“Fifty years ago, Congress responded to the urgent health and environmental threats facing our communities with a series of bipartisan laws that serve as the foundation of our nation’s environmental protections,” Johnson said. “This decision makes the responsibility of this Congress just as serious. It must respond to what birds, people and science tell us about the threats we face by strengthening and strengthening these laws and the ability of federal agencies to respond to them. enforce.

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Media Contact: Matt Smelser, matt.smelser@audubon.org

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