I just finished reading the opinions in Massachusetts v. EPA, today's Supreme Court decision holding that the EPA has jurisdiction to regulate automobile carbon dioxide emissions (and that the State of Massachusetts has standing to sue the EPA to force it to do so). I'll post a full, non-childish analysis tomorrow, but for now I just want to make it known that today, April 2, 2007, marks the first time in Our Nation's history that the word "flatulence" has appeared in a Supreme Court opinion (based on quick Westlaw search).
Behold! Footnote 2 of Scalia's dissent!
"Not only is EPA's interpretation reasonable, it is far more plausible than the Court's alternative. As the Court correctly points out, 'all airborne compounds of whatever stripe,' ante, at 26, would qualify as 'physical, chemical, ... substance[s] or matter which [are] emitted into or otherwise ente[r] the ambient air,' 42 U.S.C. § 7602(g). It follows that everything airborne, from Frisbees to flatulence, qualifies as an 'air pollutant.' This reading of the statute defies common sense."
Additional props to Justice Scalia for respecting the trademark rights of Wham-O Inc. by capitalizing the word "Frisbees."