US Supreme Court blocks Obama's Clean Power Plan

US supreme court blocks US President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan, evaluating request from 27 states, several companies and business groups

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the Clean Power Plan at the White House in Washington on August 3, 2015.

Updated Feb 10, 2016

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centrepiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change.

On a 5-4 vote, the court granted a request made by 27 states and various companies and business groups to block the administration's Clean Power Plan. The move means the regulations will not be in effect while litigation continues over whether their legality.

A US appeals court in Washington had turned away a similar request on Jan. 21.

TRTWorld, Reuters