Parents have a role in preventing cyberbullying
The horrific, tragic suicide of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick in Florida reminds all parents they have a duty to police the online activities of their children.
Two juvenile girls have been charged with aggravated stalking in connection with verbal and physical confrontations the girls allegedly had with Rebecca, who jumped to her death Sept. 9 after bullying by as many as 15 girls. The in-person viciousness was accompanied by cyberbullying in texts and on social media, police said.
"Yes, I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself, but I don't give a f--," one of the girls arrested allegedly wrote Saturday on Facebook.
In an interview with ABC, the parents of the alleged bully said they were "sure" her Facebook account must have been hacked.
We're not so sure. And we wonder why the parents still allowed her to have a Facebook account.
Supreme Court allows EPA to regulate greenhouse gases
Even as it decided this week to critically examine one of the weapons that the Environmental Protection Agency uses in its fight against climate change, the U.S. Supreme Court stood firmly behind the Obama administration's basic plan: using the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases as harmful pollutants.
That's because the court refused to consider a broader challenge to the EPA's fundamental authority in this area. No matter how the court rules on the question it has taken up, it will not threaten President Barack Obama's strategy of placing broad limits on carbon pollution from new and existing power plants.
Given that these plants, many of which are coal-burners, produce 40 percent of the United States's carbon dioxide emissions and a third of its greenhouse gases, this is good news. The EPA is on a schedule to finish that task well before Obama leaves office.
The question the Supreme Court will address is a relevant one, to be sure. It applies to a second strategy for regulating pollution -- not through national industrywide standards, but through case-by-case reviews of power plants, refineries, factories and other "stationary" sources of greenhouse gases. The court will address whether high levels of carbon emissions should automatically trigger such reviews, based on the EPA's determination that greenhouse gases threaten human health and welfare.
By restricting its review to this permitting question, the Supreme Court has affirmed the EPA's judgment that greenhouse gases are a threat to humanity, and therefore within the agency's power to regulate. The agency has already proposed carbon limits for new power plants and is scheduled to offer a plan for existing plants by next summer. It should now move forward at full speed to put them in place.