Reshaping the Supreme Court: What 2 dissents on climate rules tell us

by John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate News

This story was updated July 10 to reflect President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

To see why environmentalists have been panicking about the new direction of the Supreme Court, just go back 11 years and read the two dissents in the landmark climate change case Massachusetts v. EPA.

Not the majority opinion, where Justice Anthony Kennedy provided the fifth, swing vote compelling the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants under the Clean Air Act. In the opening words of the ruling, the liberal wing of the court, joined by Kennedy, embraced the science of climate change.

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