Assessing the Supreme Court’s CO2 Ruling

April 1, the day that the Supreme Court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had authority to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from automobiles, was a day of bitter triumph. A triumph of judicial activism over factual and dispassionate analysis, a triumph of ideology over objective analysis and legal precedent, a triumph of political science—the blend of science, hypothesis and orthodoxy—over science and facts, and a triumph of image over reality.

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