Supremes let North Carolinians breathe easier

The Supreme Court (with the predictable exceptions of Crazy Clarence & Screwball Scalia [and Alito, who recused himself]) sided with the Obama administration, upholding the EPA's rules to prevent cross-state pollution; that is, air pollution (significantly from coal-fired power plants) generated in one state that blows downwind into another state.

The Supreme Court handed the Obama administration yet another major win for its environmental agenda on Tuesday, upholding an EPA rule aimed at preventing some states from polluting their downwind neighbors with harmful emissions from sources like coal-burning power plants.

The 6-2 decision overturns a lower court’s judgment that the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule overstepped the agency’s Clean Air Act authority. The rule’s opponents included utilities, industry groups and “upwind” states like Texas, Virginia and Ohio.

North Carolina, The Old Backward State, found itself in a strange position, siding with the Obama administration and blue states like New York and Illinois. The Banana Republicans currently in charge of the state, of course, want to give industries -- and ESPECIALLY the energy industry -- carte blanche to do what they want, including polluting like there's no tomorrow. And of course Pat, Skvarla and the Tillisberger despise Obama and the EPA. But NC finds itself downwind of the other polluters, bearing the brunt of the air pollution generated not just here but elsewhere.

Downwind states such as New York, North Carolina and Illinois supported the rule, saying the pollution drift was so bad that they couldn’t meet federal air quality standards even if they eliminated all of their own pollution sources.

Pollution makes strange bedfellows.


Not just air currents

but also water currents can carry pollution.

Wouldn't it be interesting if we applied the same principles to water pollution? You know, like preventing upstream communities from polluting downstream communities. Say, with respect to Jordan Lake.

Wait, what? We did that? But the NCGA suspended the rules? Because they're worried about financial costs and they want businesses to have carte blanche to do what they want, including polluting like there's no tomorrow?

So it seems that the people who argue that NC should not have to put up with pollution generated upwind then turn around and tell some NC communities that they'll just have to put up with pollution generated upstream.

There's a word for that. Hypo-something.

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014