Chimpy loses on greenhouse gasses.
The U.S Supreme Court ordered the federal government Monday to take a fresh look at regulating carbon dioxide emissions from cars, a rebuke to Bush administration policy on global warming.
In a 5-4 decision, the court said the Clean Air Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency the authority to regulate the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from cars.
Greenhouse gases are air pollutants under the landmark environmental law, Justice John Paul Stevens said in his majority opinion.
The court’s four conservative justices — Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas — dissented.
The Court punts on GITMO detainees.Reuters:
A closely divided Supreme Court said on Monday it would not decide whether Guantanamo prisoners have the right to challenge their confinement before U.S. federal judges, avoiding a test of President George W. Bush’s powers in the war on terrorism.
Over the dissent of three justices, the nation’s high court said it would not rule on the constitutionality of part of an anti-terrorism law that Bush pushed through the U.S. Congress last year that takes away the right of the prisoners to get judicial review of their detention.
The U.S. Supreme Court turned away two appeals from Guantanamo Bay inmates who sought to challenge their detentions in federal court, declining to question a law that scales back judicial wartime powers.
The justices, without comment, today left intact a lower court decision that said the 2006 law validly bars federal judges from considering so-called habeas corpus petitions filed by prisoners at the U.S. naval base in Cuba.
The rejection leaves President George W. Bush, at least for now, with broad authority to control the fate of the 380 Guantanamo inmates, many now in their sixth year of captivity without charges. The rebuff doesn’t preclude the court from taking up the issue down the road.
Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and David Souter voted to hear the appeal challenging the law.