The Bush administration was dealt a major defeat to its environmental ignorance policies today when the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency can regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the current Clean Air Act. By a 5-4 decision (with Alito, Roberts, Thomas and Scalia dissenting) the majority ruled that the EPA "has offered no reasoned explanation" for not doing something about greenhouse gases.
Last week the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case where the the state of Massachusetts and other states and groups are suing to have the EPA regulate greenhouse gases. It's always difficult to judge what the court is going to do, based on the questions they ask in oral arguments. However, it now appears that much like the pledge of allegiance case a couple of years ago the court may rule that plaintiffs don't even have standing to bring the case. During the hearing Justice Antonin Sc
The US Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments this week in the Massachusetts v. EPA global warming case. The case revolves around whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. The Bush administration has said that the EPA doesn't have any authority over carbon dioxide emissions.