February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

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Supreme Court Vacancy Leaves Energy Industry in Limbo

The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will likely prove to be a turning point in U.S. history, and no one will be immune – not oil, not coal, not natural gas, and not renewable energy. The future of the entire energy industry, which was already upended by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, is now murkier than ever. A little over a week ago, the Supreme Court—at the time divided five to four, issued a temporary stay on the implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan – a monstrosity of a plan at 1,560 pages – that would reduce carbon emissions from power plants in an effort, according to the EPA, to combat climate change. The ruling was bad

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