The US Supreme Court is not accountable to the American people. So what can check its power?


The ExxonMobil Refinery near the Louisiana State Capital in Baton Rouge. Environmental and climate justice advocates from across the United States are decrying the court’s Thursday ruling. – AP

IF Supreme Court justices had to run for reelection, a number of them would be in big trouble. Last month the court issued radical decisions that boldly defied American opinion on both abortion and guns. It overturned Roe v. Wade and about 20 other cases that had protected the right to abortion for a half-century. And in the wake of some of the worst mass shootings in American history, it struck down a New York law dating to 1911 that required people to demonstrate a need before being authorized to carry a gun in public.

Then on Thursday, the Supreme Court limited federal agency Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to set standards on climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions for existing power plants.

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