With just a few days left until the end of June, the Supreme Court issued a split ruling for a much-anticipated decision on a handful of challenges to the EPA's greenhouse gas regulations. The cases, led by Utility Air Regulatory Group v. the EPA, challenged the EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gasses from stationary sources (like coal plants.) The 5-4 decision — split along several lines — will effectively limit the EPA's ability to regulate those gasses in some instances. However, it seems likely that the EPA will be able to find a way of maintaining those regulations even with today's decision.
The mixed, complicated opinion is producing split results from the media, too. The New York Times's quick take on the opinion proclaimed it a "victory" for "President Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency," because it preserves most of the EPA's tools and programs for regulating greenhouse gasses in stationary sources. However, because the court's opinion rejects the way in which the EPA imposed those regulations in some instances, the decision produced a different lede over at Fox News: "the Supreme Court delivered a setback to the Environmental Protection Agency," it begins. As experts comb through the details of the opinion, its likely that the reality lies somewhere in the middle.