Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Supreme Court: Some good, some bad

Bad news first:
Story: "The US Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency must consider greenhouse gases as pollutants...

"Because greenhouse gases fit well within the Clean Air Act's capacious definition of 'air pollutant' we hold that EPA has the statutory authority to regulate the emission of such gases from new motor vehicles," the court ruled.

Led by Massachusetts, a dozen states along with several US cities and environmental groups went to the courts to determine whether the agency had the authority to regulate greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide emissions.

"The harms associated with climate change are serious and well recognized," said judge John Paul Stevens as the ruling was carried by five votes in favor to four against.

The Republican administration of US President George W. Bush has fiercely opposed any imposition of binding greenhouse limits on the nation's industry. "

Trees everywhere begin protesting, and when asked why, they state 'CO2 is nessesary for our survival, we contest in the strongest possible terms that it is a harmful gas. How would you like it if oxygen was considered harmful to the environment?'

On to the good news,
Story: "The Supreme Court on Monday declined for now to review whether Guantanamo Bay detainees may go to federal court to challenge their indefinite confinement."

Good, a no-brainer decision that was correctly made. Enemy combatants, who purposefully chose to wage war on the US out side of the geneva convention, and are not US citizens, simply should not be tried in US civilian courts.

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