In a huge blow to George Bush, the fossil fuel industry, and the backwards-looking US auto industry, the Supreme Court, in a much watched case, has ruled 5-4 that the Clean Air Act “clearly allows the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon dioxide as a form of air pollution.”

As we all know, CO2 is not a traditional pollutant. It is harmless to breathe. It is part of our basic biological processes and that of all almost all plants and animals. Unfortunately, the “carbon cycle” in nature, as it’s called, is out of whack. More carbon from combustion of fossil fuels is added to the system every year than is removed. Thus, it builds up in the atmosphere.

Court rules against Bush in global warming case. Reuters.

By James Vicini

. . . And this on the politics of Global Warming. From The Hill.com. The Hill is a non-partisan partially subscription magazine that covers events on Capitol Hill exclusively. GOP should catch up with constituents [on global warming]. By Mark Mellman. The Hill.

 
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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

2 Responses to Great Victory!! Supremes say EPA can legally limit emissions of carbon dioxide

  1. avatar matt bullard says:

    Take a look at the author of the NYTime article on the same subject. This certainly is a great victory!

    WASHINGTON | April 3, 2007
    Justices Say E.P.A. Has Power to Act on Harmful Gases http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/03/washington/03scotus.html?ex=1176264000&en=435f5ada4067c2e8&ei=5070&emc=eta1
    By LINDA GREENHOUSE

  2. avatar matt bullard says:

    This is also good for a laugh:

    http://www.idahovaluesalliance.com/news.asp?id=472

    I wish he would bring back the comments section, because there is so much to say about the drivel he spews. On the other hand, it is probably a waste of energy…

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