SEATTLE, WA – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.) today released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s ruling in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“The Supreme Court's decision today in West Virginia v. EPA is another step backwards for our country and our collective efforts to combat climate change. Overturning yet another precedent, the Court’s decision will severely restrict the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, which is central to combating the global climate crisis. By limiting the power of the EPA and consequently other federal agencies, the Supreme Court is ignoring the will of the American people and overstepping their bounds once again.

“To tackle climate change and ensure that future generations are afforded clean air and clean water, we must make strides as a nation to reduce harmful pollution and transition to renewable energy sources. Today’s ruling severely limits the EPA’s ability to protect Americans. We must not forget that this decision will have the deepest impact on Black, brown, and low-income communities who are on the front lines of the climate crisis and who bear the biggest burden of its consequences.

“Congress must now take swift action to promote the health of our communities and our planet. The Senate should immediately pass crucial climate investments already passed by the House in November in a reconciliation package and pass additional legislation to clarify the EPA's authority to protect our environment.

“Make no mistake: the Court’s decision today gives power to polluters and endangers communities across the country. I am extremely disappointed by this ruling and will continue my work in Congress to advance climate investments that will promote a more sustainable and resilient future for all Americans.”

Representative Adam Smith recently joined leaders of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition (SEEC), New Democrat Coalition (New Dems), and Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) in sending a letter to President Biden urging him to do everything in his power to reach a deal and sign into law a revised reconciliation package that includes the climate investments passed by the House in November. Find more information here.