The new Supreme Court has done it again!


New Court, new political tasks: Returning to our sprawling campus, we learned that the new Supreme Court had done it again.

We'll characterize the new Supreme Court, and how we got it, on some other occasion. For now, we'll go with this statement by Chief Justice Roberts, as quoted in the New York Times:

LIPTAK (6/30/22): The question in the case, Chief Justice Roberts wrote, turned on the scope of the language of the Clean Air Act. Under it, he wrote, Congress had not clearly given the agency sweeping authority to regulate the energy industry.  

“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 to the crisis of the day,’ ” he wrote, quoting an earlier decision. But, he added, “a decision of such magnitude and consequence rests with Congress itself, or an agency acting pursuant to a clear delegation from that representative body.”

As with Roe, so too here. Whatever you think of the Court's decision, our blue tribe is left with a political challenge, with the need to persuade many Others.

We're left with a political challenge. It's hard to succeed at such tasks.


  1. "Whatever you think of the Court's decision, our blue tribe is left with a political challenge, with the need to persuade many Others."

    How terrible. If only everything could be dictated by unelected bureaucrats, it would've made your tribe's shamans so much happier...

  2. Ths can only be considered a political challenge if Republicans are persuadable by any argument. Given that today’s Republicans inly respond to power, that makes the task at hand different in nature. Somerby pretends not to see this reality.

  3. We don't need the Hispanic vote. There are more than enough white people who pretend to hate bigotry and trans votes to make up for losing them.

  4. CO2 emissions runs into the Tragedy of the Commons. Global warming depends on global CO2 emissions. For the US to cut CO2 emissions does little for the US. So, the selfish thing is to maintain our least expensive energy

    1. That’s the best explanation of why we should ignore “the Others”, I’ve read on Somerby’s blog.

  5. Don't be fooled.
    Bob has no idea how anyone could convince "the Others" to call for Thomas, Alito, and Kavanaugh to be impeached from SCOTUS for lying under oath.
    If he did, he'd mention it.