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Congresswoman Barragán Reacts to West Virginia v. EPA Supreme Court Decision

30 June 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C.- Today, Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán (CA-44) released the
following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to limit the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) of authority to regulate climate warming greenhouse gas emissions
from power plants under the Clean Air Act of 1970.

“The radical Supreme Court has weakened our country’s ability to prevent the climate crisis
from becoming a catastrophe for our planet and everyone living on it,” said Rep. Barragán. “By
sharply limiting the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants,
Americans will suffer from extreme weather events such as droughts, heat waves, and storms.
Rising temperatures and a delayed transition to cleaner sources of energy will threaten public
health and reduce quality of life from increased air pollution. This burden will fall hardest on
low-income communities and communities of color.”

“We cannot stand by while this radical court brings a climate catastrophe on our people and our
planet. Congress must urgently move forward with the record climate investments the House
passed last year through reconciliation. We must pass new laws to strengthen EPA authority to
protect our health and our environment. President Biden needs to accelerate all agency efforts to
move to 100% clean energy and pull every lever of power to end support for fossil fuels.”

“Earlier this year, 191 congressional Democrats and I signed an amicus brief that stated it is
Congress’ intent to allow the EPA full authority to regulate carbon dioxide pollution. It is clear
Congress must pass comprehensive and bold climate legislation and change the Court to reflect
the vast majority of Americans who are concerned about climate change and respect a woman’s
right to choose.”


Nanette Diaz Barragán is proud to represent California’s 44th Congressional District, which
includes the communities of Carson, Compton, Florence-Firestone, Lynwood, North Long
Beach, Rancho Dominguez, San Pedro, South Gate, Walnut Park, Watts, Willowbrook and
Wilmington. She serves as chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s
Subcommittee on Border Security, and on the House Energy and Commerce Health, Energy, and
Environment & Climate Change Subcommittees.