Next Big Case For Supremes After You-Know-What

It appears the U.S. Supreme Court will soon have another opportunity to make an epochal decision, and perhaps screw up progressive governance more than it already has (and perhaps soon will): the U.S. Court of Appeals for DC has dismissed a big batch of challenges to the EPA’s power to regulate industry with respect to greenhouse gas emissions.

Grist’s Philip Bump provides a good summary of the decision, along with this general take:

The findings uphold the agency’s rules defining limits to the emission of greenhouse gas pollution under the Clean Air Act. Specifically, the court ruled: Yes, the agency acted properly in determining that CO2 is a danger to public health; yes, it was right to use that determination to regulate vehicles; and yes, it was within its authority to determine the timing (Timing Rule) and scope (Tailoring Rule) of the regulations.

The sweeping nature of EPA’s victory in court was unexpected. So yeah, it’s likely our friends on the High Court will have a look.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.