BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The U.S. Supreme Court making headlines again, this time for stripping the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Environmentalist experts said this decision is devastating in the battle against climate change while many Republicans rejoiced.

The Supreme Court ruled six to three, curbing the EPA’s authority to mandate carbon emission reductions. The director of the environmental activist group Louisiana Bucket Brigade said this is harmful to Louisiana.

“It’s a devastating ruling,” said Louisiana Bucket Brigade Director Anne Rolfes. “It’s really dangerous, especially for a low-line coastal state like Louisiana, you know we are really fighting for our survival and if we don’t address climate change, you know, we are going to sink.”

Louisiana is one of a group of red states that brought the case to the federal court in a legal fight over details in the 52-year-old Clean Air Act.

“The Clean Air Act was a response to terrible, terrible problems in our country, you know, skies, this with pollutants and smog, and it was enacted in a Republican administration. It’s a time when public health and environment and safety for our kids was a bi-partisan issue,” Rolfes said.

Sen. Bill Cassidy applauded the Supreme Court, saying it should be up to lawmakers to dictate environmental policies.

“The Supreme Court took power away from the agencies, now it’s up to Congress to pass the laws that we need to live beneath and not depend on the bureaucrats to make them up,” Cassidy said.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry tweeted, “We should all rejoice in today’s #SupremeCourt decision.”

Cassidy added that Louisiana should be passing stricter environmental laws to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“And it can be done in a way which helps Louisiana’s economy, which increases the number of jobs are in our state and which helps protect our coastline,” Cassidy said.

The American Petroleum Institute claims they have made an effort to reduce CO2 pollutants and said they will work with lawmakers in the future.

“Confronting the challenge of climate change will require a combination of policies, industry initiatives and continuous innovation. Our industry has made significant progress in reducing CO2 emissions to near generational lows, and increased use of natural gas has contributed to a 24% drop in power sector carbon emissions since 2012 – outpacing the reduction targets outlined in the Clean Power Plan. API will continue to work with policymakers across the federal government in support of smart regulations that build on the progress we’ve made on CO2 emissions reductions while bolstering our energy security.” – API Spokesperson

American Petroleum Institute

The court said the EPA still has the ability to regulate emissions but the law does not give the agency the power to put a limit on power plants’ emissions.

Rolfes said this is not the end of their fight to protect the environment.

“All is not lost, there are always other tools in the toolbox and we are going to keep working harder than ever,” said Rolfes