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Harvard’s Tribe On EPA’s Power Grab: “Burning the Constitution”


Obama’s Con Law Professor Slams Clean Power Plan for Constitutional Violations

WASHINGTON, DC – At today’s Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing on “EPA’s Proposed 111(d) Rule for Existing Power Plants: Legal and Cost Issues,” noted legal expert Laurence Tribe, President Obama’s constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School, attacked EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan for its blatant disregard of the constitution. In his testimony, Tribe argues, “EPA lacks the statutory and constitutional authority to adopt its plan,” and describes EPA’s plan as a “power grab” from the states, Congress, and the judiciary branch. In summary, he explains:

“EPA is attempting an unconstitutional trifecta: usurping the prerogatives of the States, Congress, and the Federal Courts – all at once. Much is up for grabs in this complex area. But burning the Constitution of the United States – about which I care deeply – cannot be part of our national energy policy…” 

Click HERE to watch Tribe’s full opening statement for today’s Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing. 


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