Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Robert Bork to Supreme Court: don't listen to those states on global warming

It seems like only yesterday that Robert Bork was trying to get a seat on the Supreme Court.

Now, he’s telling the High Court that Massachusetts, New York, California and other states don’t have any right to bring a case about global warming.

In a brief (actually written by lobbyists for Southern Company, the big electric power company and global warming polluter), Bork argues that the states (plus New York City, Baltimore and environmental groups) don’t have standing to sue.

The plaintiffs brought the case after the Bush Administration reversed the Clinton Administration and declared that EPA doesn’t have authority under the Clean Air Act to regulate global warming gases.

Bork and several other academics argue that if the states won, that would “severely undermine the President’s ability to achieve U.S.
climate change policy goals at the international level.” (We thought the President’s goal was to protect Southern Company, General Motors and other big sources of emissions. Given the Southern Company tie, maybe that’s what Bork meant.)

Oral arguments in the case are slated for Nov. 29. A decision isn’t expected until next spring or summer.

Bork now works for the Hudson Institute, a “think tank, one of whose “fellows” (not Bork, a different one) recently attacked Clean Air Watch. At least we’re in good company.

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