A federal judge today ruled against an effort by environmentalists to force the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service regulate greenhouse gases under the Endangered Species Act.
Disturbingly, it’s not that the Court didn’t want to accomodate the enviros — it did — but that darned thing called the law got it the way:
Although the Court is sensitive to plaintiffs’ arguments for a strong mechanism to combat the effects of global climate change, the Court finds that the agency’s conclusion was not arbitrary, capricious, or contrary to law. The Court is therefore prohibited from substituting either the plaintiffs’ or its own judgment for that of the agency.
At least the Court was more sensitive to the law than to the enviros — this time.