Bob Marshall: A Justice Barrett will be a death blow to laws protecting Louisiana coast
When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, most headlines focused on the message that sent for the future of abortion rights. But I was focused on its other message: Now the only hope for saving some of Louisiana’s drowning bottom third is electing a Democratic Senate and White House.
It was a given that Mitch McConnell and other GOP senators would happily turn hypocrite on their pledges to hold a GOP president to this rule they concocted for Barack Obama: If a court opening occurred during a presidential election year, only the winner shall get the chance to fill that seat.
It was also a given Donald Trump’s subsequent nominee would be a justice in the same so-called conservative vein as five others already on the court. Sure enough, he chose Amy Coney Barrett, who says she hopes to follow in the legal footsteps of her mentor, the late Antonin Scalia.
And that led me right to Massachusetts v. EPA, the 2007 decision in which the court ruled 5-4 that the federal government has the right to regulate greenhouse gases as a pollutant if they were found to endanger human health. The Obama administration proved that connection in 2009, and the nation began regulating emissions.
That ruling is essential to the survival of our coast because those emissions are the engines driving the dramatic acceleration of sea level rise that will drown this coast. The state of Louisiana's calculations show that unless the world dramatically cuts emissions over the next few decades much ...
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