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Swami's View

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Doomsday Cult

The Supreme Court has spoken. From Roberts majority opinion:

Capping carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity may be a sensible "solution to the crisis of the day." New York v. United States, 505 U. S. 144, 187 (1992). But it is not plausible that Congress gave EPA the authority to adopt on its own such a regulatory scheme in Section 111(d). A decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body. The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is reversed, and the cases are remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

Justice Kagan wrote an excellent dissent in today's SCOTUS ruling West Virginia v. E.P.A. It starts on page 57. If you have time, give it a read. 

Congress charged EPA with addressing those potentially catastrophic harms, including through regulation of fossil fuel-fired power plants. Section 111 of the Clean Air Act directs EPA to regulate stationary sources of any substance that “causes, or contributes significantly to, air pollution”and that “may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare.” 42 U. S. C. §7411(b)(1)(A). Carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases fit that description....And let’s say the obvious:The stakes here are high. Yet the Court today prevents congressionally authorized agency action to curb power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions. The Court appoints itself—instead of Congress or the expert agency—the decision maker on climate policy. I cannot think of many things more frightening. Respectfully, I dissent. 

Once again the conservative majority grants its industry and big energy funders a license to pollute and hamstrings and emasculates the EPA. This ruling will hurt all citizens of the nation and globe. These rulings tend to fall hardest on poor, minority neighborhoods, where it is easiest for polluters to get permits, but int he end I fear that it will hurt all of us, as our climate continues to warm. 

Asking this divided congress to act on the matter is laughable, when the Manchin type "dinos" are sucking the tit of the energy companies, and the Republicans are only too happy to preserve the status quo. Gorsuch, concurring with the majority, gets to help his mother Anne Burford's master plan to dismantle the EPA. The majority will be content to dicker and rearrange the deck chairs on the titanic while the earth burns to a crackly crisp.

It seems frankly suicidal to stay on this course. You have to wonder if the justices consider the effects of climate change and pollution on their own families? And I have to think that perhaps it is not an ideological split but a theological split at heart. I saw the following comments on TPM and they gave me reason to pause.



Hmmm? Could there be a kernel of truth here? Could those justices so sure of their eventual place in heaven consider their earthly coil a temporary way station, underserving of protection?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

No one branch of government is above the other. I think congress has some possible fixes here, allied with the executive branch. I hope they find a way. This ruling clearly shows the Supremes flexing their over-reach muscles. Mad with power comes to mind, just like the man who got them on the court. ~ Diane O

JeffN said...

Time to pack the court. These Originalist conservative idiots are hell-bent to tear down all the social progress made in the last 100 years. The EPA has always been dear to me - who doesn't want clean air and clean water? I remember when the Cuyahoga River burned and Lake Erie was declared dead. Now, after 50 years of EPA regulation, they are alive and vibrant ecosystems. Congress created and empowered the EPA, so how and why does it make sense for the Supremely Wrong Court to reverse Congress' decision? Bastards.

Scrota said...

Headline in the New York Times:

WORLD TO END TOMORROW: POOR AND MINORITIES TO BE HURT THE MOST!

The Amazing Kreskin