The author is the CEO of American Compass
American elites may go further and ensure citizens’ commitment to democracy if they take it more seriously themselves.
They see climate change as one of the highest issues in the United States right now. “There is no challenge,” President Barack Obama said Address of the Union status for 2015, “No challenge, poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.” Still, here democracy seems to have become the most optional for some.
Obama supported aggressive Customs & Trade legislation early in his first term, which entangled the Senate and took a heavy political toll. In his 2012 re-election campaign, he no longer discusses any form of greenhouse gas emissions pricing. Even after winning the re-election, his press secretary impossible It is clear that “we will never propose a carbon tax.”
But in fact, the administration acted to set a price for carbon, enacting a law through the Environmental Protection Agency called the “Clean Power Program” that used a vague provision of the Clean Air Act of 1970 to impose a nationwide quota. Plan and trade on state power plants.
The misreading of the law was absurd enough that Obama’s own mentor, the law professor at Harvard Lawrence Tribe, compared it to Testimony before Congress To “burning the constitution.” Obama has never sought congressional approval for the plan, nor for his international commitment to reducing emissions in 2015 Paris AgreementEven as these became the cornerstones of federal policy.
With her Judgment June 30 In the West Virginia case against the Environmental Protection Agency, the Supreme Court stopped it all, ruling that the EPA could not implement a tariff and trade plan until elected representatives of the people in Congress enact such a plan. What a moment it can be taught it could have been, and confirms that the blessing of the American people must be sought and guaranteed to change the entire energy sector at a huge cost. The tweet writes: “Scotus provides an important reminder that our constitution limits executive power. Presidents must appeal and respect voters’ decisions.”
Progressives had a less generous response – Chris Hayes of MSNBC, who is usually quick to shake off possible threats to democracy, summed up the mood by Declares The court “threat to the planet.” To be clear, the ruling was unconstitutional, enacting the same Congress could have Not to enact a value-and-trade plan. The court simply ruled that Congress There was We will not do that. President Joe Biden could go to Capitol Hill tomorrow and demand that Congress fix it, if he believes such a bill has any chance of attracting popular support among voters or elected officials.
But he will not do so – for the same reason that he and his predecessors refused to campaign on the idea. They know it is not, in fact, something the American people will support. What they can do instead Asks Congress to suspend gas tax – Basically, a request for a subsidy to strengthen the consumption of fossil fuels, because that is what the policy of raising energy prices requires. He is too Asks the oil companies Invest in expanding production, even as UN Secretary-General Antonio Gutters brilliant: “New search and fossil fuel production infrastructure is delusional.” Around the world, including in countries like Germany that have taken on green commitments with loud applause, Charcoal consumption is rising.
Case by case, democratically elected politicians give priority to the will of their voters with cheap energy, while irresponsible officials look for ways to reduce fossil fuel consumption and raise its price to force beyond alternatives with lower emissions. Often, politicians enjoy playing on both sides, declaring solidarity with voters while happily declaring that their hands are tied to Byzantine rules, or even committing themselves. Now the Supreme Court has called this bluff.
To the climate activist, a philosophy of separation of powers and the rule of law is a waste of time that the planet does not have: While democracy is wonderful, desperate times require desperate steps and a stagnant Congress actually begs for circumvention – to quote Judge Robert Jackson, the constitution is not a “suicide agreement.”
But each constituency will have its own series of non-negotiable issues, its own definition of an emergency, its own moment in which democracy must surrender. Only as long as each side agrees to give up on that impulse, and can count on others to do the same, does democracy thrive.
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