In an order issued this evening, the Supreme Court’s conservative bloc stayed implementation of rules on carbon emissions issued by the Obama administration last year. People For the American Way Executive Vice President Marge Baker issued the following statement:
“Today’s action by the Supreme Court is just the latest example of the willingness of the Court’s conservative wing to use its power to implement its own particular ideological agenda. On the environment, as with so many other issues, partisanship is trumping the rule of law in our nation’s highest court.
“Regardless of the outcome of this particular case, this action underscores the plain fact that the Supreme Court will be on the ballot in the 2016 election. During the next president’s term, four justices will be in their eighties, and the high possibility of retirements means that voters have the chance to pull the Court back from it’s dangerous lurch towards GOP orthodoxy—or to hand our judicial system over to a far right ideology for decades. In either case, the impact of this next election won’t affect our nation for four years; it will shape our country for a generation.”