Justices question Obama climate change regulations

Obama departs the White House in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided on Monday as it weighed whether the administration of President Barack Obama exceeded its authority when crafting the nation’s first greenhouse gas emissions regulations. Justice Anthony Kennedy could hold the swing vote on the nine-member high court, with conservative justices skeptical of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approach and liberal justices generally supportive. It is possible the court could opt for a compromise in which the EPA loses the case but retains most of its authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the specific program at issue in the case. Absent congressional action, Obama has been using his regulatory authority to address climate change.

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