A lot has already been written about the Supreme Court’s choice yesterday to tie EPA’s arms in its effort to mitigate the GHG fueled local weather disaster we face. As we put together to have fun the beginning of our nation, I might like to emphasize two optimistic elements of the Supreme Court’s retreat from many years of deference to EPA’s interpretation of the environmental safety statutes it’s charged with implementing.
First, the Conservative majority expressed no issues in any way about the constitutionality of what it referred to as the “sensible solution” EPA had proposed. This can be a important distinction from the Court’s troubling choice the week earlier than through which it held the Structure limits the Authorities’s means to prohibit the carrying of handguns in public.
Second, the Court advised us exactly what we want to do if we want a significant Federal response to the local weather disaster. We want our Congress to act. That is one thing we all can do one thing about. The very fact is that our Congress hasn’t been doing its job for fairly a while. Its dereliction of its obligation relating to the updating of the Clear Air Act and the Clear Water Act are simply two examples of that. Nevertheless it can change, or we can change it.
This is not the first time one in every of the co-equal branches of our Federal Authorities has stood in the manner of the environmental safety plans of different branches of the Authorities. Fifty years in the past this October, Republicans and Democrats in Congress joined collectively in overriding President Nixon’s veto of what’s now often called the Clear Water Act. I commend to your consideration Waterkeeper’s transient historical past of that watershed second in the early days of United States environmental legislation.
Since the final reauthorization of the Clear Air Act in the mid Nineteen Nineties, Congress has largely left environmental safety to the Govt and Judicial Branches. That period ended yesterday. Sure, laws requires compromise so we all have a say in what occurs subsequent.
Completely satisfied 4th of July!
Solely two hours after the president vetoed the Act, the Senate voted 52-12 to override, with 17 of the votes in favor coming from Republicans.
The Home adopted, voting 247 to 23 to override — greater than ten to one — with 96 of the sure votes from Republicans.