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Obama's climate rule has its long day in court

The most drawn-out debates during oral arguments over the Obama administration's signature climate rule in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today centered on whether the rule is "transformative" and on the reach of U.S. EPA's authority under the Clean Air Act.

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Invoking Scalia, judges question whether EPA bent the law

The late Justice Antonin Scalia loomed large today as the courtroom battle over the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan kicked off. Several conservative judges suggested that Congress — not U.S. EPA — should be tasked with making major environmental policy decisions. They cited one of Scalia's last major environmental opinions as a possible frame for viewing this case, which may not bode well for the administration.

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