Whom does the court care about?

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

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

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