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SCOTUS: EPA Must Regulate All Emissions

From a delighted Reuters:

Supreme court rules against Bush in global warming case

By James Vicini

Mon Apr 2

In a defeat for the Bush administration, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a U.S. government agency has the power under the clean air law to regulate greenhouse gas emissions that spur global warming.

The nation’s highest court by a 5-4 vote said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “has offered no reasoned explanation” for its refusal to regulate carbon dioxide and other emissions from new cars and trucks that contribute to climate change

Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the court majority, rejected the administration’s argument that it lacked the power to regulate such emissions. He said the EPA’s decision was “arbitrary, capricious or otherwise not in accordance with law.”

In sending the case back for further proceedings, Stevens said the high court did not decide which policy the EPA must follow. “We hold only that EPA must ground its reasons for action or inaction in the statute,” he wrote

The court’s four most conservative members — Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, both appointees of President George W. Bush, and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas — dissented.

It is simply preposterous that the Supreme Court should be ruling on such things.

Who do they think they are? President Gore?

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 2nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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