Study by Professor Belkin: Supreme Court Would Likely Strike Down Climate Change Legislation

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

WASHINGTON POST -- The study represents a serious effort — one undertaken by two well-known academics — to develop a realistic projection of how the conservative justices might rule on climate legislation. As such, it may also fuel discussion among the Democratic presidential candidates about their various proposals to expand the court.

“There are ample implausible doctrines that conservative justices will invoke,” Aaron Belkin, a Political Science professor at San Francisco State University who co-wrote the study, told me. The other author is Samuel Moyn, a professor at Yale Law School.

The study, which is sponsored by Take Back The Court — a group advocating court expansion — details numerous such ways this might happen.