In its long-awaited ruling in the case of West Virginia v. EPA, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday declared that the federal environmental regulation agency did not have the sort of broad statutory powers necessary to take strict steps to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, and in doing so, the justices unleashed a host of apoplectic reactions from the left, as Fox News reports.
In issuing its ruling, the court essentially held that if Congress intends to grant a federal agency far-reaching authority to regulate issues of profound national significance, lawmakers must be specific in precise in their statutory language, as the Associated Press noted.
“Capping carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity may be a sensible ‘solution to the crisis of the day.’ But it is not plausible that Congress gave EPA the authority to adopt on its own such a regulatory scheme… . A decision of such magnitude an consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body,” the majority stated.
The 6-3 decision is viewed by many as a serious blow to radical progressives’ efforts to combat climate change, but it is also thought to have potentially wide-ranging implications for the powers of federal agencies in general, with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) declaring that the outcome “will ripple across the entire federal government, from the regulation of food and drugs to our nation’s health care system, all of which put American lives at risk.”
Green New Deal champion and far-left firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) led the chorus of Democrat caterwauling in the wake of the ruling, tweeting soon after the decision was released that it was “catastrophic,” and declaring that there is no place for the Senate’s filibuster rules in the midst of such an outcome, adding, “[w]e need to reform or do away with the whole thing, for the sake of the planet.”
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was similarly agitated over the majority’s reasoning, writing, “Run out of words to describe this court, but, among other things, it’s now a threat to the planet
New York Times columnist Paul Krugman added his two cents to the prognostications of imminent Armageddon, adding his frustration about the Court’s recent abortion ruling to the mix by opining, “Undoing Roe is awful. Kneecapping environmental regulation is existential. This Supreme Court has just come down on the side of civilizational collapse.”
Never short on hyperbolic bluster, disgraced former CBS anchor Dan Rather elevated the art of the cringeworthy take to a whole new level, writing, “Dear Supreme Court, Thanks for nothing. – Planet Earth.”
Though the practical effect of the Supreme Court’s ruling in this case – the curbing of continued overreach by unelected bureaucrats with a dangerous environmentalist agenda – is certainly a welcome result, the broader victory is one for all Americans to savor, and that is, as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell aptly put it, the fact that “[t]oday, the Supreme Court gave power back to the people.”