By Haley Chi-Sing FOXBusiness
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan warned parts of the East Coast could be “swallowed by the ocean” in a dissenting Supreme Court opinion in an environmental regulation case Thursday.
“If the current rate of emissions continues, children born this year could live to see parts of the Eastern seaboard swallowed by the ocean,” Kagan wrote in her dissent.
Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor joined Kagan’s dissent in the 6-3 case.
“Today, the Court strips the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the power Congress gave it to respond to ‘the most pressing environmental challenge of our time,'” Kagan wrote.
Kagan said the dangers of rising temperatures and, as a result, devastating environmental effects, including, “Rising waters, scorching heat, and other severe weather conditions [that] could force ‘mass migration events[,] political crises, civil unrest,’ and even state failure.'”
Kagan elaborated that the Earth was “now warmer than any time” in modern history, highlighting the importance of scientific research on carbon dioxide contributing to global warming. She also wrote global warming could be the cause of “4.6 million excess yearly deaths.”
She added that the EPA’s authority in curbing greenhouse emissions did fall into the parameters set by Congress.