Experts Agree! Climate Scientists Rock!
Today, the Supreme Court unanimously rejected a lawsuit brought by six states, New York City and several land trusts that asked the court to treat carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants as a “public nuisance.” No need to be entirely glum about the result, though. While it is too bad that the Supremes aren’t willing to force electric utilities to clean up their acts without waiting for federal regulators, they did affirm that the matter must be addressed by, get this, the experts. Not to judges or legislators, no matter how well-meaning (or not) they may be. Thanks to the folks at Think Progress, here is that part of the court’s decision:
“It is altogether fitting that Congress designated an expert agency, here, EPA, as best suited to serve as primary regulator of greenhouse gas emissions. The expert agency is surely better equipped to do the job than individual district judges issuing ad hoc, case-by-case injunctions. Federal judges lack the scientific, economic, and technological resources an agency can utilize in coping with issues of this order.”