Supreme Court to Rule on Climate Change
As Washington was hammered by the sort of extreme weather expected to increase due to climate change, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that will determine whether under current law the Bush administration must regulate carbon dioxide (more | more2 | more3). The Bush administration has been sued by twelve states for failing to properly implement the Clean Air Act in regard to automobile emissions. The case is the most important environmental issue in years to be heard by the high court. Essentially what is at stake is “the survival of the Earth as we know it.” While certainly climate science (search) and the Bush obstructiveness cry out for an affirmative decision, it will be good news either way to know whether the E.P.A. must regulate carbon dioxide (search). If they must, they can start immediately, if not, the legislature has no excuse for not swiftly getting such a law in place. The interests of humanity and all species are so threatened that frankly “legislating from the bench” that carbon regulation is a national imperative would be welcome.