Whom does the court care about?
Regarding the June 30 news article “EPA rule on toxic power-plant emissions is halted”:
Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy wrote warmly and affectingly about the emotional suffering of children of gay parents who couldn’t get married. He also joined the majority vote for subjecting children to the mind-destroying effects of mercury pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency, the court ruled, should have estimated the cost to Big Coal of making sure that poisonous mercury doesn’t come out of its smokestacks.
Why the respect for the emotions of children on the one hand and callous disregard for their minds on the other? Could it be that coal emissions poison the poor and minority worst and first because coal-fired power plants are often placed in their neighborhoods?
Arthur Waskow, Philadelphia