During today's oral arguments on global warming, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was quizzing James Mikey, assistant attorney general for Massachusetts, which is the lead challenger against the Bush administration's declaration that it doesn't have authority to deal with global warming. We pick up the case in progress:
JUSTICE SCALIA: That isn't, that isn't -- your assertion is that after the pollutant leaves the air and goes up into the stratosphere it is contributing to global warming.
MR. MILKEY: Respectfully, Your Honor, it is not the stratosphere. It's the troposphere.
JUSTICE SCALIA: Troposphere, whatever. I told you before I'm not a scientist.
JUSTICE SCALIA: That's why I don't want to have to deal with global warming, to tell you the truth….
[The full transcript of the arguments can be found at http://www.supremecourtus.gov/oral_arguments/argument_transcripts/05-1120.pdf