A statement by the Indigenous Environmental Network

For Immediate Release
June 30, 2022

Press Contact:
Dallas Goldtooth, dallas@ienearth.org 

Bemidji, MN – Today, the US Supreme Court made its decision in the case West Virginia v EPA. In this decision the court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency has limited ability to regulate carbon emissions and the US energy sector. 

This decision comes on the heels of two other destructive opinions, the rollback of Roe v. Wade and Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta

The following is IEN’s statement response:

“To be clear, the Supreme Court’s latest decisions underwrite continued settler violence perpetrated against Indigenous peoples, our lands, our bodies, our nations, and our futures. By circumventing well-settled precedent and statutory law, the conservative Court is reaching far beyond its constitutional authority, “legislating from the bench” and is being used by the Right to push a full assault on the working class, BIPOC communities and tribal nations. However, these decisions do not prevent President Biden from taking executive action to stop the expansion of fossil fuels and declaring a climate emergency. We will continue to protect Mother Earth, defend our rights and confront interests who seek to destroy our futures. 



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