Scalia on Flatulence and Global Warming

A reader caught this interesting part of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissenting opinion from the court’s decision to push the Bush administration EPA to monitor gasses that affect global warming.

“Not only is EPA’s interpretation reasonable, it is far more plausible than the Court’s alternative. As the Court correctly points out, ‘all airborne compounds of whatever stripe,’ …would qualify as”physical, chemical, . . . substance[s] or matter which [are] emitted indoor otherwise ente[r] the ambient air.” It follows that everything airborne, from Frisbees to flatulence, qualifies as an ‘air pollutant.’ This reading of the statute defies common sense.”

– Azi Paybarah