Sonia Sotomayor: Environmental extremist?

May 26, 2009

Obama Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor represents a potential threat to U.S. consumers and to the economy in terms of energy and the environment.

In her 2007 Second Circuit decision in Riverkeeper, Inc. v. EPA 475 F. 3d 83, Judge Sotomayor sided with extreme green groups who had sued the U.S. EPA because the agency permitted cost-benefit analysis to be used in the determination of environmental protection technology for power plant cooling water intake structures.

Fortunately, Judge Sotomayor’s decision was recently overturned by the Supreme Court, fittingly on April 1, 2009 (Entergy v. Riverkeeper, No. 07-588).

Had the EPA been required to abide by Judge Sotomayor’s decision, American consumers would have been forced to pay billions of dollars more in energy costs every year as power plants producing more than one-half of the nation’s electricity would have had to undertake expensive retrofits.

President Obama said this weekend in an interview that,

“What I want is not just ivory tower learning. I want somebody who has the intellectual firepower but also a little bit of a common touch and a practical sense of how the world works.”

But Sotomayor didn’t have too much of a “common touch” and “practical sense” when it came to the cost-benefit analysis.

Senators should probe whether Judge Sotomayor lacks the common-sense realization that the benefits of environmental regulation ought to outweigh its costs — a worldview with ominous implications given the nation’s present rush toward cap-and-tax global warming regulation and other green mindlessness.

9 Responses to “Sonia Sotomayor: Environmental extremist?”

  1. michaelwsmith Says:

    Sotomayer is an obvious and blatant racists. Imagine the outcry if a white male candidate for the Supreme Court had declared that BECAUSE he is a white male, he will likely reach better decisions than, say, an Hispanic female. That candidate would be hounded out of town inside of 15 minutes. But Sotomayer, who has made exactly the same sort of claim about her decision making ability, is given a complete pass.

    How stupid can the media be? Is there ANY sort of insanity Obama cannot get away with?


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  4. timeforthorns Says:

    Great find! Keep them coming. The more awkward questions that can be put to her, the better it will be for all of us.


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  6. westhoustongeo Says:

    The quote where she puports superiority over white males would have been political suicide had it been used in the opposite direction.

    But, she’s “special”.

  7. welder4 Says:

    Gee and we are right at this time of life are paying about 100% more then we should be for electricity because of regulations and the use of Natural gas in lieu of coal. It is a fact ,if you want to know why natural gas went up it is because of the greenies have stopped coal plants from being built and the ones that exist they have went to court and made them retrofit for natural gas. we are right now competing for the natural gas to heat our homes with the power companies and you know who comes out on the short end of the stick,. the home owner does . If you you are not paying enough please wait until the cap and trade comes along you will be paying 3,000 dollars more a year . where it ends is when the cost of energy is so high no one can afford it and then we might see some action from the people sitting on their duffs doing nothing but accepting the lefts ideas on CO2 . 32,000 scientists have signed a paper that refutes warming by man or CO2 and submitted it to congress were it has been ignored and thrown aside ,of course they have experts like Al Gore who has a zero degree in weather sciences who say it is CO2 . “stop breathing Al you will help save the planet”. . this is the coldest Spring we have had in many years I wonder why??


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