Letter: Supreme Court decision removes power of EPA over pollutants
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To the editor:
In a clear display of their values, the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) ruled in favor of commerce over health and safety. Fifty years ago Congress, the elected branch of government, gave Environmental Protection Agency scientists the ability to regulate pollutants. They did this because Congress knew it lacked the scientific expertise to make the required regulatory decisions.
The nine-member SCOTUS has less scientific expertise than the 535 members of the legislative branch. Yet they took it upon themselves to over rule the elected branch. Five of the six SCOTUS members voting to disempower the EPA, were appointed by presidents who did not receive the majority of the popular vote. This is what minority rule looks like.
The same reasoning used to take regulatory power away from the EPA, could be used to take regulatory power away from food and drug oversight or worker safety regulations. This is what happens when the freedom to maximize profits by the few, is placed above the freedom of the many to be healthy and live in a sustainable environment.
This SCOTUS decision conflicts with what is required for the United States to adequately address the current climate crisis. This is what happens when ideology is valued above scientific research.
Bryan Van Gorp
Member, Citizens for a Sustainable Future