An Ol’ Broad’s Ramblings

April 4, 2007

No Breathing Allowed

Filed under: Opinion — olbroad @ 9:45


Looks like Al Gore didn’t even need to become president in order to take control of the Supreme Court.

By a 5-4 vote, the justices Monday officially declared that “the harms associated with climate change” – i.e., global warming – “are serious and well recognized.” And it also proclaimed CO2 – carbon dioxide, the same gas every human being exhales – to be a “pollutant” under the federal Clean Air Act.

Quick breathing….NOW! The SCOTUS has spoken!

In its ruling, which the national media gleefully proclaimed “a stunning rebuke of the Bush administration,” the court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency was wrong to insist that it lacks the authority to regulate emissions of greenhouse gases, like CO2.

I thought these people were suppose to be reasonably intelligent. Evidently, I thought wrong.

Just what this means was set out by Marlo Lewis, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute: “The court has forbidden EPA to consider cost when setting national ambient air-quality standards for CO2. The potential for economic harm is vast.”

When those folks who insist on regulating our ability to survive (aka breathe) start paying for the extreme costs their ideas will incur, THEN, I might just take them seriously.

And he also was right to point out what the majority justices conveniently ignored – that “unless there is an accord with China, China will produce greenhouse gases that will offset anything we do in a brief period of time.”

In other words, given that 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions come from outside the United States – and that the non-U.S. share is growing – unilateral steps by Washington can have only negligible effect.

In other words, even if we aren’t the major cause of the problem, it’s still OUR fault? I don’t bloomin’ think so!

Another problem, as Chief Justice John Roberts noted in his well-reasoned dissent (which was joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito): Stevens based his opinion on a set of cataclysmic assertions about the impact of global warming that simply aren’t supported by fact.

Does the left ever let little things like FACTS get in their way? Of course not. Facts don’t even come into play if it’s something that makes ’em FEEL good.

In short, as Roberts rightly noted, Stevens & Co. reached their ruling not on the basis of the law, but on their own “alarm over global warming.”

That led them to impose their “own desired outcome” – with little supporting factual evidence – over the considered judgment of the experts.

That the Supreme Court remains a venue for judicial activism is profoundly distressing. In this instance, Americans will be paying the price – literally – for years to come.

I guess that white stuff that was coming from the sky a little while ago was the ashes from the planet burning up, eh?


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  1. […] dissented. Many scientists believe that greenhouse gases, flowing into the atmosphere at an …No Breathing Allowed Another problem, as Chief Justice John Roberts noted in his well-reasoned dissent (which was joined […]

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