On Thursday, the “pompous little twit” known as AOC demanded the Supreme Court be dissolved “for the sake of the planet” after the Court reigned in the EPA’s power to regulate greenhouse gases.
“Catastrophic. A filibuster carveout is not enough. We need to reform or do away with the whole thing, for the sake of the plane,” the twit said on Twitter.
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
Robert Romano, Vice President of Public Policy at Americans for Limited Government Foundation, explained what was at stake:
It also stands to potentially overturn the Court’s 2007 decision, Massachusetts v. EPA, a narrow 5-4 ruling by then-Justice Anthony Kennedy that had opened the door for federal regulation in this area in the first place by stating carbon dioxide could be regulated under the terms of the Clean Air Act even though the law never contemplated doing so.
This is what enabled the 2009 carbon endangerment finding by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the Obama administration, and the EPA rules on new and existing power plants, defining carbon dioxide as a harmful pollutant under the terms of the Clean Air Act, and setting forth a framework to incentivize coal plants to either be retrofitted to be natural gas plants or else be shut down.
In terms of moving the needle, the policy was a “success” in reducing coal-based electricity. In 2007, coal-generated electricity made up 49 percent of the total U.S. grid, while natural gas was just 21 percent, according to the Energy Information Administration. In 2021, natural gas now makes up 38.3 percent of the grid, and coal is down to 21 percent.
In the meantime, we have rising demand for electricity, and yet the U.S. is not producing a single kilowatt hour (kWh) more than it was 15 years ago. Despite the U.S. population growing by 30 million to more than 331 million from 2007 to 2021, overall electricity generation in the U.S. has dropped from 4.005 trillion kWh in 2007 to 3.96 trillion kWh in 2021.
As a result, the Consumer Price Index for electricity has increased by 29 percent since 2007, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
In other words, the Court fixed a problem that it helped create.
Democrats complain that this Court is filled with conservatives. That shows how little they understand about the Supreme Court. Donald Trump did not appoint any conservatives to the Court. He appointed originalists. They believe that all statements in the Constitution must be interpreted based on the original understanding “at the time it was adopted.”
The EPA decision was based on the constitutional separation of powers. The EPA went beyond the powers given to them by congress. Congress could give them the power, but the EPA couldn’t just take power.
Twitter responded to the Democratic Party twit from NY:
Um, there’s this thingy called the constitution, Article III, Section I that states that “The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court…”.
You can’t desolve the SC, but Congress can change how it’s organized.
Maybe you should read up on it.
— Pamela Parkington💛🇺🇦🇺🇲 (@BigDogMom3) June 30, 2022
Faithful Pamela, but changing how it’s organized is not a good idea either. Changing how it’s organized would create a situation where every time there is a change in political power, the Court would also change, turning the SCOTUS into a branch of government whose opinions change with the wind.
To be a sitting member of Congress, I’m quite fascinated with the lack of decorum you possess in speaking such senseless rhetoric.
— Barrington Martin II (@_BarringtonII) June 30, 2022
You don’t seem to get what the job is SCOTUS is. It’s to LIMIT governmental agencies over reach. The EPA has consistently over reached.
— Maj Toure (@MAJTOURE) June 30, 2022
But overreach and dictatorial control are EXACTLY what AOC wants.
— John #KeepAZRed 🇺🇸🌵 (@johninphx) June 30, 2022
Reading the Constitution would be a good start. If only she could read.
Most of this post was first seen at Conservative Firing Line.Tags: Commentary