Monday, June 20, 2011

Supreme Court: AGW junk science is no justification for an end-run around democracy

A standard liberal tactic in our simmering culture war is to do an end-run around elected decision-making and use the unaccountable courts to impose leftist orthodoxy on the Americal public.

Fortunately, the Supreme Court has stopped an effort by climate nuts to impose regulations in carbon dioxide emmissions throught the courts, rather than by the EPA or Congress:

The Supreme Court blocked a federal lawsuit Monday by states and conservation groups trying to force cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

The court said that the authority to seek reductions in emissions rests with the Environmental Protection Agency, not the courts. The ruling was 8-0.

This how bad it was for the greens: the opinion was written by Jutice Ginsburg:

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the court, said the Clean Air Act gives the EPA authority to regulate carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants.

The landmark environmental law leaves no room for what Ginsburg described as a parallel track, "control of greenhouse gas emissions by federal judges."

When you're a leftie and you can't get any of the four leftist Justices-- not even Justice Ginsburg-- to sign-off on your end-run around the democratic process, you know you've got a weak case.

The EPA's ruling several years ago that carbon dioxide is a pollutant under the Clean Air Act-- a decision upheld by the Court in 2007-- was of course based on AGW junk science. At least the Court now has ruled that that junk science cannot be used to impose AGW alarmists' will on the American people through the courts.

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