I'm not sure why Al Gore visited congress recently, unless he's trying to run for President of the United States or Secretary General of the United Nations. Surely he must have known that "the third branch" of the legislature would "solve" the issue that he was trying to get the regularly elected Congress to decide. By a 5-4 decision yesterday, the Supreme Court decided once and for all that there is no controversy surrounding greenhouse gases, their source, and their effect on global warming.
"The EPA's steadfast refusal to regulate greenhouse gas emissions presents a risk of harm to Massachusetts that is both 'actual' and 'imminent'", said renowned scientist Justice John Paul Stevens, writing for the majority. "Its action was therefore 'arbitrary, capricious, or otherwise not in accordance with law,"' the arbitrary and capricious Stevens concluded.
Chief Justice John Roberts, speaking for the minority, stated that the minority decision "involves no judgment on whether global warming exists, what causes it, or the extent of the problem". As it should not. As neither should the majority's decision. The minority decision in the case was that such a monumental controversy should not be settled by 5 guys against 4. Rather, Justices Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito correctly understood that such an issue must be decided by Congress.
In an attempt to turn western ideals of justice on its head, the majority required the EPA to prove a negative.
the justices said the agency can escape its regulatory duties "only if it determines that greenhouse gases do not contribute to climate change, or if it provides some reasonable explanation as to why it cannot or will not exercise its discretion to determine whether they do."
The explanations given by the EPA, and solicited by the majority of the court, were rejected out of hand.
"The Supreme Court has reaffirmed what we have been saying all along: The Clean Air Act gives EPA authority to fight global warming," said Howard Fox, a lawyer for Earthjustice, who argued the case before a federal appeals court, forgetting that Greenhouse Gases being the cause of Global Warming has not been proven.
Many scientists believe that greenhouse gases cause Global Warming, and thus they can be considered pollutants. Many scientists do not believe this, while many others feel that greenhouse gases have a much smaller effect on the warming of the globe.
So far, no scientist I have heard of, read about, or read from has stated that they know that Greenhouse Gases cause Global Warming (I don't consider Al Gore a scientist). Rather, the consensus among those who believe is that we can't take the chance that we're wrong.
I feel so much warmer and fuzzier now that we have 5 people in black robes who do know Greenhouse-Gas-caused Global Warming to be a fact. It saves Congress so much time!