Some of the largest businesses in the US, including several tech companies, have endorsed the EPA’s proposed regulation on coal-burning power plants. The plan would require all existing plants to slash carbon emissions by 32 percent by 2030, against 2005 levels. The proposal is currently on the Supreme Court’s docket after 27 states filed legal motions challenging its legality.
Last week, the largest tech companies in the country – Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft – filed a formal endorsement with the Court. The same day, Adobe, Mars, Ikea North America and Blue Cross Blue Shield also filed similar motions. The organizations cited their own ambitions to use clean power and asserted that the EPA’s plan made good business sense in the long run. Their voices became added to the many cities, counties, and other businesses that had already come the plan’s defense.
Whether or not the move has a significant impact on the Court’s ruling, the endorsements are a strong sign of support from some of the most important economic forces in the country.