• Rich Barlow

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 6 comments on Will SCOTUS Cripple Climate Change Remedies?

  1. Why hasn’t the public heard about this case?

    In addition to the great points that Mr. Reibstein makes, these and other cases are often stated as being the purview of “environmentalists” – see the first paragraph of this article. These cases are about the public’s health – all of us – with environmental justice communities bearing the brunt of decisions that do little to limit release of toxic substances. Framed as health issues rather than as esoteric legal cases has the potential to change the discourse. This case in particular is about hobbling the ability of federal government to regulate – not just coal. Let’s recognize that it’s about health- your health v interests of the coal, gas/oil energy and toxic chemicals industries.

    Thank you Mr. Reibstein and Mr. Barlow.

  2. SCOTUS is now an undemocratic trump card that the right wing will use to solidify their grip on the country. The court will rule in favor of the fossil fuel industry so that they can continue to make short term profits at the expense of the health and future of our country and the world. They don’t care that climate change is real and is poised to harm billions of people.

        1. OK… we must first accept the fact that, most of the world (including the U.S.) still relies on fossil fuels for its energy needs. The development of alternative energy sources is wonderful and will hopefully continue to flourish with time… Until all countries on earth replace fossil fuels (distant future), the stark reality is that fossil fuels will still be needed for a very long time. The production and supply of energy therefore is important, not only for profits, but also for controlling the broader economy and geopolitical landscape. Unless one lives under a rock, current affairs clearly illustrates this… Does one really need to point out the absurdity of stopping or curtailing our own energy production and then buying it from someone else (including Russia)? This obviously makes no sense… It’s like having a fruit tree in your back yard, letting the fruit rot, and then buying the same fruit from a grocer you don’t like instead (not to mention the unnecessary cost). The world needs energy. And “green” energy is not yet able to replace fossil fuels… This is fact… Countries dependent on fossil fuels for their energy needs will seek a supplier; why not the U.S.? (instead of regimes that use these “profits” that you mention for malevolence). And, none of this has anything to do with “trump cards” or right wings or left wings… I’m sure there is plenty more to be said about this but hopefully this helps explain my previous comment about the danger in having narrow and extreme viewpoints…

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