Wow, liberals are really fuming about this. I guess the truth really hurts, and the Left just can’t take it.
The issue I want to discuss is the Environmental Protection Agency and rules they have issued in an attempt to go around Congress on Obama’s climate change agenda. Laurence Tribe, formally the Left’s go-to-guy to support Obama’s illegal executive actions, thinks the White House has gone too far this time.
He has been hired by energy companies looking to stop the EPA dead in its tracks.
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The New York Times reports:
Next week Mr. Tribe is to deliver oral arguments for Peabody in the first federal court case about Mr. Obama’s climate change rules. Mr. Tribe argues in a brief for the case that in requiring states to cut carbon emissions, thus to change their energy supply from fossil fuels to renewable sources, the E.P.A. is asserting executive power far beyond its lawful authority under the Clean Air Act. At a House hearing last month, Mr. Tribe likened the climate change policies of Mr. Obama to “burning the Constitution.”
“You know, I’ve cared about the environment ever since I was a kid. And you know, I taught the first environmental course in this country, and I’ve won major victories for environmental causes. But I’m committed to doing it within the law,” Tribe said.
“Burning the Constitution should not become part of our national energy policy,” he added.
If EPA is allowed to choose its interpretation of whether it may regulate power plants under section 111(d) and 112, the agency would essentially be making laws itself, according to Tribe.
“EPA is attempting an unconstitutional trifecta: usurping the prerogatives of the States, Congress and the Federal Courts all at once,” he said.
The courts seem to be stepping up as the check on Obama’s illegal dictates as the Constitution says they should. Congress has abdicated its power to the executive branch. The judicial branch does not seem to share the same mindset.
This case is just one of many working through the court system. Next week, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals will rule on the halting of Obama’s executive amnesty.
This is really going to be fun to watch.
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