Supreme Court Puts Obama’s Clean Power Plan On Hold

February 10, 2016, KPBS, Supreme Court Puts Obama’s Clean Power Plan On Hold

A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama’s sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved.

California and San Diego both have their own carbon reduction mandates that are still in place. San Diego recently passed a Climate Action Plan that commits to cutting in half carbon emission by the year 2035.

Nicole Capretz, director of the nonprofit advocacy group Climate Action Campaign, told KPBS Midday Edition that the Supreme Court’s decision is “a disappointment,” but said it also “speaks to the need for change to start from the ground up.”

“We need to get large cities and states to take action,” she said. “What we are going to see is as more cities and mayors understand the implications of the dangers of climate change, what it will do to extreme weather conditions, what it will do to sea level rise and how it will impact their day-to-day day quality of life, there will be propulsion of local government officials telling the state and local governments they need to do more.”

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