[Ed. – Kill the power plants! Kill! Kill! Obama has sure gotten some big ones from Roberts.]
Chief Justice John Roberts, an appointee of George W. Bush, sided with the Obama administration and rejected efforts to temporarily block new EPA regulations on power plant emissions. (The Hill)
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts rejected a plea Thursday to block a contentious air pollution rule for power plants in a big victory for the Obama administration.
Roberts’s order came despite his court’s 5-4 decision last year ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation, known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, is illegal. …
…this wasn’t just a case of Roberts voting in favor of the Administration or splitting a close decision the wrong way or even a question only having eight justices instead of nine. He never even turned it over to the rest of the court for a decision. Roberts just flatly and unilaterally rejected the case on his own.
This was a baffling decision on Roberts’ part. When the court heard Michigan vs. EPA last year their conclusions were very clear. They agreed that the agency has the right to impose regulations to protect both the environment and the general health of the citizens, but they must consider the costs and logistical burdens placed on the states when enforcing such rules. The EPA didn’t provide a justification for those costs in the carbon rule under discussion then and they haven’t done so with the mercury rules involved here.