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White House ‘disappointed’ with ruling against EPA

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The White House on voiced its disappointment Monday over a Supreme Court ruling against the Obama administration’s landmark air pollution rule. 

“Obviously we’re disappointed in the outcome,” press secretary Josh Earnest said, adding that the administration is still reviewing the decision. 

{mosads}In a 5-4 ruling, the high court decided the Environmental Protection Agency did not properly weigh the cost of regulations when it crafted tough new rules on toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants. 

Earnest said the decision won’t hold back the administration’s broader clean power initiatives. 

“There is no reason this court ruling should have any impact on the ability of the administration to develop and implement the Clean Power Plan,” he said. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called the ruling a “a cutting rebuke to the administration’s callous attitude” toward coal-producing states and said there is “no reason” for governors to comply with Obama administration’s climate regulations before the courts have the chance to weigh in. 

The ruling does not make McConnell’s criticism “accurate or in the direct interest of the American public,” Earnest said. “In both cases, he is wrong.”

 

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