June 20, 2011 Print

U.S. Supreme Court Tosses Lawsuit Seeking Stricter Rules on Greenhouse Gases

by CitizenLink Team

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-0 today that regulations on greenhouse gas emissions must come from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and not the courts.

Eight states had joined activist conservation groups in suing five power companies. The Obama administration sided with the power companies.

The EPA has said it plans to issue new regulations by next year concerning power plants’ emissions of carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas.

E. Calvin Beisner, spokesman for the Cornwall Alliance, said: “It’s been very clear for several years that the EPA is trending very much the wrong way.

“The EPA is going to have a lot of leeway to try to pursue policy that probably really is better handled in Congress.”

Global warming alarmists claim that human-produced carbon dioxide will lead to environmental catastrophe, based on the assumption that the Earth’s climate is fragile and highly sensitive. Research that indicates the planet is resilient and insensitive to what humans are adding has been largely ignored by the mainstream media.

Roy Spencer, an atmospheric researcher at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, is among those who have demonstrated the resilience of the atmosphere. He said the severe restrictions sought in the suit would have added billions to the cost of energy. And the biggest impact is always on people with the smallest budgets.

“We make it more difficult for those living on the edge economically to get by,” he explained. “Those on the edge of starvation get pushed over into starvation.”

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