It’s tempting to view Thursday’s Supreme Court decision to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency’s climate authority as a missile aimed only at the bureaucratic swamp. It is just as much a blow to the enabler of this bureaucracy: the reckless US Congress.
Scan away the opinion-numbing technical descriptions and the decision is a joy to read. The court’s six conservatives, in an opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, formally declared the “major issues doctrine” – a concept that has appeared in a handful of previous court decisions – to be a living, breathing principle. The federal bureaucracy is no longer allowed to impose programs of major “economic and political importance” on the country without “clear congressional authorization.” Alleluia.