To react to the Supreme Court’s ruling in West Virginia v. EPA that the executive branch can’t regulate carbon emissions at power plants without Congressional authorization, Katy Tur Reports guest host Yasmin Vossoughian welcomed radical climate scientist Michael Mann to accuse the “reactionary, activist” Court of taking away the right to a livable planet.
Vossoughian introduced Mann and West Virginia by lamenting, “U.S. carbon emissions are on pace to spike again this year and the Supreme Court just made it much harder for the U.S. government to do anything about. In one of the most important environmental decisions in years, the justices preemptively curbed any regulations the Biden administration might consider to limit carbon emissions at power plants.”
Mann began by decrying this “awful day” and then turned from climate scientist to legal analyst, “Look, you know, what the Supreme Court has done here, what this reactionary, activist Supreme Court has done is to remove yet another fundamental right that we have as citizens. They’ve removed the fundamental right to privacy, they’ve removed a fundamental right to safety from gun violence, and they’ve removed a fundamental right to a livable planet.”
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