By Ethan Huff - citizens.news |
Another Supreme Court decision has leftists howling as they discover their "green" dreams for the country may never come true.
A majority opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts states that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does not have the authority to reduce carbon emissions, which leftists say is necessary to stop "global warming" and "climate change."
The landmark ruling effectively curbs the EPA's ability to limit greenhouse gases, a move that sides with coal miners, the fossil fuel industry at large, and various Republican-led states that are not interested in seeing an economic collapse.
Fossil fuels are a necessary part of modern commerce. They also fuel the production of food. Without them, society and a large percentage of the population would disappear.
When the EPA was first established in 1970, authority was never granted to it to restrict what types of fuel people and companies could use. This means that Joe Biden's recent decrees in promotion of the left's radical climate agenda are null and void, unless Congress decides to pass legislation for them the constitutional way.
"The opinion from the court's conservative majority said that ‘a decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body,'" reports Zero Hedge.
"The justices added they doubted Congress intended to delegate the question of ‘how much coal-based generation there should be over the coming decades, to any administrative agency.'"
Justice Kagan and her left-wing cohorts believe that CO2 is a "pollutant," allowing it to be regulated by EPA
Justice Elena Kagan and the other two leftist justices issued a dissenting opinion, arguing that the EPA has the authority to regulate "stationary sources" of substances that are deemed "harmful" to the public.
The left, in case you did not know, believes that carbon dioxide (CO2) is a pollutant that must be eradicated. The truth, of course, is that plants breathe CO2 so that we can breathe their released oxygen. Without CO2, in other words, everything would die.
According to Kagan and her two pals, though, CO2 and other greenhouse gases are harmful, which means the EPA can regulate them as "a necessary part of any effective approach for addressing climate change."
"This Court has obstructed EPA's effort from the beginning," Kagan further whined. "The limits the majority now puts on EPA's authority fly in the face of the statute Congress wrote."
At the heart of the debate is how broadly the EPA should be allowed to interpret certain key portions of the 1970 Clean Air Act, particularly those that involve emissions limitations for power plants.
Under Biden and other leftists, the EPA has tried to regulate emissions far beyond just power plants, including across broad industries and even inside people's homes and refrigerators.
According to Democratic whip in the Senate Dick Durbin, limiting the EPA's gross overreach of the law represents "a dangerous step backwards [that] threatens our air and our planet."
He added that he believes it also "sets a troubling precedent both for what it means to protect public health and the authority regulatory agencies have to protect public health."
What Durbin means by this, of course, is that he does not want to see the United States ever again venture down a path towards energy self-sufficiency, which is what the green agenda seeks to prevent.
"The ruling by the court's conservative majority is the latest in a string of dramatic decisions that have challenged established legal precedents, including the recent reversal of Roe v. Wade," Zero Hedge reported.
Truly AMAZING at what lengths this administration will go to DESTROY this Country.
SCOTUS has been doing a pretty good job lately. EXCEPT the "Remain in Mexico" decision.
SCOTUS didn't overturn Trump's "Remain in Mexico". They remanded it back down. Big difference.
Sounds like the conservative SCOTUS members are trying to cause leftists around the country to completely melt down. I like it. Pass the popcorn.
In this decision, the Supreme Court just passed term limits in the only way possible - by forcing Congress to do the jobs we elected them to do. Finally, congress members and senators will have to actually debate controversial issues in the light of day and publicly vote for or against the laws that can literally ruin our businesses or our lives.
There won't be many 40-year congressional incumbents delegating all hard decision making to 25 year-old Ivy-League Marxists hired by pension-entitled career bureaucrats deep in the alphabet regulatory agencies.
Finally, we will be able to kick out politicians who vote against our livelihoods and undermine our national economic interests. No longer can our elected leaders throw up their hands and say they're powerless against the bureaucratic swamp creatures.
Don't ask me to pretend like the SCOTUS has any legitimacy just because they happen to rule the way I like every so often.
They inappropriately denied state's standing to sue the blue states that broke both federal and state election laws in the 2020 election and were a critical component of the color revolution coup.