By Valerie Volcovici and Lawrence Hurley
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday dealt a blow to the Obama administration when it agreed to hear a challenge to part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s first wave of regulations aimed at tackling climate change, thus setting up one of its biggest environmental cases in years.
But judges left intact the agency’s clean-car standards and its authority to regulate carbon emissions in agreeing to consider a single question of the many presented by nine different petitioners – a move hailed as a win by green groups.
The question the court will consider concerns whether the EPA correctly determined that its own decision to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from motor vehicles automatically gave it the authority to regulate emissions from stationary sources like power plants and oil refineries.
The U.S. is still a one-party state, the business party. But it only has one faction: moderate Republicans, now called New Democrats (as the U.S. Congressional coalition styles itself). Neoliberalism and neo-conservatism being one and the same for the most part.
There is still a Republican organization, but it long ago abandoned any pretense of being a normal parliamentary party. Conservative commentator Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute describes today’s Republicans as “a radical insurgency — ideologically extreme, scornful of facts and compromise, dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition”: a serious danger to the society.
The party is in lock-step service to the very rich and the corporate sector. Since votes cannot be obtained on that platform, the party has been compelled to mobilize sectors of the society that are extremist by world standards. Crazy is the new norm among Tea Party members and a host of others beyond the mainstream.
like i always say
buy a co2 cartridge and make some tests
you will see that even 100% co2(eg inside a box or condom) exposed to the sun are barely able to increase tempetature up to 5 degrees compared to a box/condom etc filled with air.