The Supreme Court rejected a climate change lawsuit against major power companies Monday, ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency, not the courts, should impose curbs on greenhouse gas emissions.

The unanimous decision immediately raises the stakes in the ongoing battle over EPA’s pending greenhouse gas rules by stymieing direct court cases against power companies over climate change.

The Supreme Court opinion is a victory for power companies, and for the Obama administration, which has called on the high court to give deference to EPA’s pending climate regulations.

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