The United States Supreme Court just made a stupid and dangerous new ruling. A dish that this time threatens the whole world.
After the rulings on carrying firearms in public, denial of the universal right to abortion, the Court made that decision the US Environmental Protection Agency could not regulate CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants.
This decision is fueled by the same far-right fundamentalist anger that has dominated the controversial decisions of the past few days.
According to the court’s very learned six conservative justices, government agencies cannot regulate important policy matters without the express consent of Congress because the heads of those agencies are not directly accountable to voters.
A curious argument when you know it’s coming from judges who aren’t accountable to voters themselves, but whose decisions have major political implications.
According to the court’s fundamentalist judges, the US Environmental Protection Agency has not received an explicit mandate from Congress to limit CO2 emissions.2; it cannot therefore regulate this aspect of the environment, which has major political implications.
That the problem of global warming from CO emissions2 Threats to the existence of mankind were not recorded by the judges. What the heck, when you have principles, you have to stick to them to the end, even if they risk provoking disaster. You are a fundamentalist or you are not!
The court’s decision will lead to a series of lawsuits against all government agencies, which are accused of not having an explicit mandate.
weakening of the government
In a ruling, the Court just wrought a weakening of the entire federal administration far greater than all the damage Donald Trump had been able to do in four years in power.
In theory, the US Congress could decide to grant certain powers to government agencies. In fact, disagreements in Congress prevent elected officials from making decisions in areas that are even remotely controversial.
In addition, the American president, an elected official, is deprived of an important part of his executive powers.
The US federal government is becoming a government that will govern as little as possible.
Law of the Jungle
Here we are at the center of far-right demands: government should govern minimally, leaving the field open to corporations and individuals. The law of the jungle.
The fact that the United States and other democratic countries face serious threats does not change right-wing fundamentalists’ views. Extremely conservative principles must prevail. Even if the country is no longer as governable as it was before the New Deal. Even if legal fundamentalism risks weakening the United States or killing the planet.