The Supreme Court of the United States upheld the right of the EPA to regulate the smog from coal plants via the Clean Air Act, clearing the way for the agency to continue passing regulations that actually rewrite laws. Obama is basically implementing a cap & trade system via the EPA and the SCOTUS is green lighting it.
The rule places a heavy burden on the “polluting” states and pits Midwestern and Appalachian states against the East Coast.
In her decision, Justice Ginsburg noted that in reining in interstate pollution, regulators must account for the vagaries of the wind. “Some pollutants stay within upwind states’ borders, the wind carries others to downwind states, and some subset of that group drifts to states without air quality problems,” she wrote.
In a dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, said the regulation was unwieldy and suggested it was Marxist.
“I fully acknowledge that the proportional-reduction approach will demand some complicated computations where one upwind state is linked to multiple downwind states and vice versa,” Justice Scalia wrote.
“I am confident, however, that E.P.A.’s skilled number-crunchers can adhere to the statute’s quantitative (rather than efficiency) mandate by crafting quantitative solutions. Indeed, those calculations can be performed at the desk, whereas the ‘from each according to its ability’ approach requires the unwieldy field examination of many pollution-producing sources with many sorts of equipment,” he said, paraphrasing Karl Marx.
The EPA Chief, Gina McCarthy – crazy as a bedbug McCarthy – will be empowered by this decision so we can expect more and more of these very costly regulations. Electricity will become more and more unaffordable but it’s supposedly good for African Americans.
Daniel Greenfield reports that last Thursday McCarthy went to an event at Clark Atlanta University hosted by the Hip Hop Caucus. Speaking to the audience, she said black students are the “most vulnerable to climate change” and they must become “champion climate justice advocates” by supporting some FDA rules pushed by environmental activists. She mentioned the “greenhouse gas emission standards for new power plants that the agency released last fall and the rules for existing plants” to be released on June 1. Those are the rules that are meant to destroy the coal industry.
“Pollution is holding back millions of African Americans fighting for middle class security.” She continues, “Environmental justice is social justice.” McCarthy also says, “We have a moral obligation to act now.”
McCarthy’s a classic Marxist. She’s rounding up a target group to support her social justice rules in an effort that will result in making electricity far more expensive. That will really be great for African Americans who will get to struggle even more to pay the bills.
If we are opposed to suffocating rules by the EPA are we racists? Is it racist to not be Marxist?
On Monday, McCarthy threatened Republicans. Before an audience at the National Academy of Sciences, she said the agency will go after a “small but vocal group of critics” who are arguing the EPA is using “secret science” to push costly clean air regulations.
Senators Vitter and Smith have been pressing the EPA to make publicly available the scientific data behind its clean air regulations.
If the science is so great, why won’t she release the data? The agency has refused.
Obama did promise to make our electricity rates much higher: