Much Ado About…Three Percent?
Bill Quick

Dana Milbank: At the Supreme Court, a royal mess for ‘King Barack’ – The Washington Post

The eventual ruling may not be too awful for CO2 regulation in a practical sense. The justices didn’t seem inclined to overturn a 2007 decision, Massachusetts v. EPA, granting the agency the authority to regulate greenhouse gases. Both sides agreed that they were really arguing over whether 83 percent or 86 percent of emissions could be regulated.

In other words, the entire argument is bullshit.  No matter which way it goes, the EPA is still going to be regulating 83-86% of emissions – including carbon dioxide, which is not an emission, but an essential and integral part of the atmosphere.

We are so boned.  And one of the biggest boners is John Roberts, who thinks a seven year old decision that was erroneous in the first place should be carved in stone forever.

I’m with Clarence Thomas – stare decisis is okay, but I value the Constitution far more highly than legal tradition.

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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