The court eventually said, “No” to the EPA, but the observers say it won’t make any difference. The utilities have already complied.
“...the EPA seemed unfazed and said mercury and air toxics standards are, for all intents and purposes, still in effect despite the court’s ruling.”Here is the way a coercive government works. You pass a regulation and threaten dire legal consequences if the utilities don’t comply. The utilities sue and ask the courts to stop implementation until the case is worked out. The court refuses (probably liberal judges appointed by Democrats, elections matter). The utility is forced to spend the money to make the changes and also spend the money to hire a legal team. The government lawyers are paid with the tax money the utility pays. By the time the obviously wrong regulations are overturned by a higher court, the money has been spent, the changes are too far along to change back and the cost is passed on to the consumers in their utility bills.
Why are utilities going up? Why is gasoline still high? Much of it is because of the obscene way in which the socialists in government work the system. As Richard and Karen Carpenter used to sing, “It’s only just begun...”
It will continue until we become a third world country with a tiny ruling class living in luxury and the rest of us riding buses and standing in bread lines. Or people can wake up and start to pay attention to how the people they elect are running the country.
homo unius libri