SCOTUS Hands Bush Big Environmental Loss

scotus.jpg In a landmark environmental decision handed down today, the Supreme Court ruled against the Bush administration, saying that the federal government does indeed have the legal authority to limit greenhouse gases. Now even the Supreme Court recognizes the reality of global warming.

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Boston Globe:

In a defeat for the Bush administration, the US Supreme Court ruled Monday that greenhouse gases are a pollutant and ordered federal environmental officials to re-examine their refusal to limit emissions of the gases from cars and trucks.

The justices' 5-4 decision did not go as far as to require the US Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide. Rather, the court directed the agency to take a new look at the gases. If it determines they cause global warming and therefore human harm, the agency should regulate them under the federal Clean Air Act, or provide a reasonable explanation why it will not, the court said. Read more...


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