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Power to the People — Even if It Comes From Coal


Despite its name, the Democratic Party has no time for democracy. Public opinion and democracy be damned, especially when it comes to battling climate change.

On June 30, the Supreme Court struck down an Environmental Protection Agency plan compelling states to shutter coal-fired power plants and shift to low-carbon alternatives such as natural gas and wind. The justices ruled 6-3 in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency that it’s up to Congress, the people’s elected representatives, to answer “major questions,” like whether the federal government should shut down coal-fired plants and demand states adopt other ways of generating electricity.

The EPA’s plan, devised during the Obama administration, was an end run around Congress.

Democrats and their media toadies are bashing the Court’s ruling, labelling it “catastrophic.” No charge is too extreme. Congressman Jamaal Bowman says the court is “killing America.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer rails the ruling will lead to needless deaths from pollution. Sorry, senator, but the Court did not rule in favor of pollution. It ruled for democracy, calling on you and other members of Congress to roll up your sleeves and do your jobs.

Chief Justice John Roberts explained, “capping carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity may be a sensible solution,” but only Congress can make a “decision of such magnitude.” Roberts pointed out that Congress had considered such a drastic move and rejected it.

The New York Times laments that the Biden administration will be forced to “double down” on persuading Congress to eliminate coal-powered electricity generation. Democracy is so inconvenient.

Ten states are heavily dependent on coal-fired plants, including West Virginia, Wyoming, Missouri, Kentucky and Utah — those pesky flyover states.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson is melting down into hysteria, claiming the U.S. can’t wait for Congress to act. Robinson wants the unelected, unaccountable federal bureaucracy to shut the plants down. So much for the consent of the governed.

Fact is, states are already decarbonizing their electric grids and moving to wind and solar at an alarming pace. It’s alarming because renewables are not yet adequate to meet demand during summer heat waves, according to a report from the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission. Some parts of the country could be hit with blackouts and energy price hikes as high as 233% this summer. Those price hikes will make the prices at the pump look reasonable.

That’s why energy policy decisions should be made by the people’s elected representatives, who have to balance climate and cost and face voters on Election Day. Bureaucrats could care less.

Roberts expressed skepticism that the EPA would recognize when energy prices have become “exorbitant.”

The importance of the West Virginia ruling goes way beyond energy. It limits rulemaking by executive agencies or departments on any matters without express authority from Congress. “The Supreme Court gave power back to the people,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Roberts reiterated that the Court recently struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s vaccine mandates for workplaces. The high Court is a referee, red-flagging federal agencies’ attempts to exercise rulemaking powers way beyond what Congress gave them.

The public should be cheering. Otherwise, what unpopular rule could be next? The FDA banning high-calorie foods to combat obesity? The Department of Transportation banning gas-powered cars?

Or the Department of Agriculture holding school lunch subsidies hostage to school districts prohibiting transgender athletes in girls’ sports? Sorry, that is already happening.

The Washington Post accuses the Court of judicial activism, warning the West Virginia decision sets a “new precedent to overturn all sort of rules” the justices “dislike.”

Nonsense. The justices didn’t vote for coal plants. They voted to put policy decisions of national significance in the hands of Congress, where such decisions belong.

The Court says, “power to the people.” Sadly, Democrats disagree.

Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York and chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths. Follow her on Twitter @Betsy_McCaughey.


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Morris Howell
8 months ago

It’s all about the money grab. Doesn’t matter about the going green, COVD-19, or anything else. It allows politicians to take money out of whatever pie they are funding. Has nothing to do with taking care of anyone or anything. You have to distribute money for it to be kicked back to you as the politician. This is part of what and why Donald Trump referred to Washington D.C. as the swamp, He was being kind.

Mario Capparuccini
8 months ago

Democrats are fat, spoiled babies who throw temper tantrums whenever they do not get their way. When the Supreme Court rules in favor of what they want, the court is the greatest thing since the flush toilet. When it rules against their agenda of tyranny, then they cry, scream, break the law with illegal demonstrations outside private homes, and even go to kill justices and their families. We have collectively descended into madness. Help us Almighty God!

Michael Lewis
8 months ago

The great paradox: Drop in air pollution has INCREASED global warming because clean air does not contain aerosol particles that reflect sunlight and cool the Earth

NEW CO2 battery is about to change the world as we know it

Dianne R Bickford
8 months ago

Wait until all those who can afford electric vehicles (actually not so many), and they all plug them in at night when it’s hot and everyone is using air conditioning, and see what happens!

8 months ago

It is Congress’ job to determine what should be shut down – not a bunch of civil servants who were never elected by the people. Now, let’s see which Democrat has the b*lls to propose a bill that will shut down energy suppliers! Undoubtedly, it will not be Chuckie Schumer!

8 months ago

This only applies to the working class not the elite. They can fly all over the place in their private planes etc. Live in huge mansions that cost a fortune to heat and cool. This is all about money power and control

anna hubert
8 months ago

I wonder if the environment insanity applies across the board or only to North America and Europe where exactly so 7 billion people live and who arrived at that number and how

Larry W.
8 months ago

The Democrats should change their name to the Demand-crats or the Dictator-crats. There is nothing democratic about the party anymore. They just want you to shut up and do as you are told. They all deserve to be thrown out of office and have to get a real job and work for a living.

Chester Boevers
8 months ago

Ask these DemocRATS how much money they are receiving from the CCP who makes most of the solar panels sold in the US. Big surprise last week that the E.U. change their stance allowing the use of natural gas, and nuclear power to produce electricity to become part of their new green movement. Our current government won’t recognize these sources of fuel to generate electricity as part of our green movement. Follow the money trail as Dr. Michael Salvage would say, and liberalism is form of mental disorder.

8 months ago

We have been too fat and lazy. God has blessed this nation beyond any other because we held His statutes. He has removed His hand to show us what life will be like on Satans team.

Stephen Russell
8 months ago

Revive then Nuclear & Thorium Reactors

8 months ago

America’s Socialist party, hiding behind the name Democrat to fool the ignorant and uninformed, has always been about consolidating power and control in the hands of big government. That we periodically have to go through these long and expensive legal exercises for the people to retain some semblance of say in their own country is frankly pathetic at this point. However, given the apathetic and docile nature of the vast majority of the American people, I don’t see any other practical alternative. Many people fully understand the agenda of the Democrat Party is counter to the rights and freedoms they want to retain. Yet the American people continue to allow the party to exist and to expand its hooks into more and facets of the economy. At some point, the Democrat Party will force through sufficient policies that the courts will be far too slow to remove before lasting and permanent damage to the country is accomplished. No nation can survive indefinitely when a majority of its people won’t stand up for their rights and freedoms.

8 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

You are correct.

8 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Unfortunately many ‘parents’ have been asleep at the wheel’ these past 40 or so years. They’ve allowed their children to be brainwashed into accepting Socialism as taught in our public schools. Some of us realize exactly what the Democrats have become, despite all of their lies & smoke screens. I pray there are enough sensible voters active in the next election to bring the power of the people back to Congress, and that those who are elected UNDERSTAND the dire need to reset our Government to Constitutional Principles. One Nation Under God!

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