If you thought overturning Roe v. Wade would trigger liberals, the Supreme Court’s final ruling of the term that curbs the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has sent them into a full-blown meltdown, with claims that a “radical” court has just threatened life on earth as we know it.
We have become accustomed to hyperbole and fear-mongering from Democrats over the past few years, but, from the White House to the halls of Congress, the Supreme Court’s ruling on the EPA has elicited nothing less than an all-out war between the Executive and Legislative branches of the United States government and the Judicial branch, tasked solely with interpreting and upholding the Constitution.
Here is what the “earth-ending” decision, written by Chief Justice John Roberts actually says:
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.” New York v. United States, 505 U.S. 144, 187 (1992). But it is not plausible that Congress gave EPA the authority to adopt on its own such a regulatory scheme in Section 111(d).
A decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body.
The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is reversed, and the cases are remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.
So, the Supreme Court simply said that, if Congress wants the EPA to act in this manner, it must do its job and pass legislation to grant them that authority.
That’s it in a nutshell: Congress must do its job.
With Congress currently dominated by Democrats, and with a Democrat in the White House, one would think they’d celebrate and get right on doing just that.
Instead, from President Joe Biden to Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to progressive governors, down to the liberal mainstream media, and all over social media, the message from the left is that the Supreme Court is illegitimate and, in addition to its deeply misogynistic desire to kill women, it hates the planet.
Friends, it's been a rough day, but remember: 1) it could have been much worse, 2) @EPA still can and will cut GHGs from power plants (and other sources), and 3) @POTUS is doing everything in his power to solve this crisis. Let's push on. https://t.co/f2ERxjBBk4
— Nick Conger (@Nick_Conger) June 30, 2022
“The Supreme Court’s ruling in West Virginia vs. EPA is another devastating decision that aims to take our country backwards,” the President of the United States said in an official White House statement on Thursday. “While this decision risks damaging our nation’s ability to keep our air clean and combat climate change, I will not relent in using my lawful authorities to protect public health and tackle the climate crisis.”
The President then vowed he would work hard to circumvent the ruling of the Supreme Court.
“I have directed my legal team to work with the Department of Justice and affected agencies to review this decision carefully and find ways that we can, under federal law, continue protecting Americans from harmful pollution, including pollution that causes climate change.”
According to the President, SCOTUS’s decision “sides with special interests that have waged a long-term campaign to strip away our right to breathe clean air.”
Schumer kicked the rhetoric up a notch, essentially calling the Supreme Court Justices murderers and those who support the decision “extremists” for expecting Congress to legislate.
“First on gun safety, then on abortion, and now on the environment — this MAGA, repressive, extremist Supreme Court is intent on setting America back decades, if not centuries,” he said in a statement. “The Republican-appointed majority of the MAGA Court is pushing back the country back to a time when robber barons and corporate elites have complete power and average citizens have no say.”
“Just like last week’s dangerously misguided and abhorrent decisions on gun safety and abortion, the extremist MAGA Court’s ruling today in West Virginia v. EPA will cause more needless deaths.”
To be clear, Schumer is saying that returning the right to legislate abortion to the states — and by extension, to the voters who live in those states — and telling Congress — which is elected by the people — that “a decision of such magnitude and consequence” as granting the EPA — an unelected agency — enormous power “rests with” them is “setting America back” and somehow taking power from “average citizens.”
Though many agree the argument makes no sense, it didn’t stop Schumer from making it.
Schumer’s statement on Supreme Court’s recent ruling curtailing the authority of the EPA. Calls them the “MAGA Court” pic.twitter.com/SKJtBJYXh6
— Nancy Vu (@NancyVu99) June 30, 2022
And Ocasio-Cortez turned the progressive fear-mongering up to 11 by basically calling for the dismantling of the third branch of government in order to save the world.
“Catastrophic,” she proclaimed. “A filibuster carveout is not enough. We need to reform or do away with the whole thing, for the sake of the planet.”
Catastrophic. A filibuster carveout is not enough. We need to reform or do away with the whole thing, for the sake of the planet. https://t.co/if8PIbfs42
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 30, 2022
And to give such Apocalyptic talking points a bit of a boost, Rolling Stone’s headline screamed, “The Supreme Court rules 6-3 that the planet should burn.”
“Actually, they said that it’s Congress’s job to craft policy, not a regulatory agency, but stupid sells,” retorted Dana Loesch.
Actually, they said that it’s Congress’s job to craft policy, not a regulatory agency, but stupid sells. https://t.co/ZLS2oJ4G42
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 30, 2022
And that highlights what is perhaps the greatest, most dangerous threat to our nation today: “Stupid sells.”
Ignorance allows histrionics and half-truths to stand as truths.
The fact is, politicians such as Biden, Schumer, and AOC know they likely won’t have control of Congress for much longer.
If the reactions of top Democratic leaders have shown us anything, it is that they aren’t nearly as confident that the majority of Americans share the views and support their agendas as they would have you believe.
If they were, they would welcome the Supreme Court’s decisions to place the power to enact the laws that affect us all back into the capable hands of the “average citizens” Schumer spoke of and those of the representatives they elect.
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