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Monday, March 30, 2015

Pop Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of Harvard Professor Laurence Tribe



OK, Kids,

Spring break is about over, and it’s time to take up your pencil for this quiz about Harvard Professor Laurence Tribe. He’s been in the news a lot lately because he has been moonlighting for Peabody Energy, which seeks to gut clean air and climate standards. Let’s learn a little more about him.

The quiz is multiple choice, so it shouldn’t be too hard. The correct answers are below. We are on the honor system here, so no cheating! If you get every question right, let us know and you win a valuable free #ff from @Cleanairfrank.

So, let’s start the quiz!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Professor Tribe, the Polluters' Hired Gun, Once Called Justice Sotomayor a "Bully" and Questioned her Intelligence!

As the Supreme Court considers the various cases in which Harvard Professor Tribe represents some of the planet's most vile polluters, it is remarkable to note that "Larry" once told President Obama that Justice Sotomayor is a "bully" and "not as smart as she seems to think she is."

I am sure she will rise above such petty comments while considering the arguments of The Professor's clients.



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Peabody Hired Gun Laurence Tribe also Working for Coal Giant to Kill Life-Saving Mercury/Toxic Standards



Of course, there has been much written in the past week and earlier about Harvard Prof. Laurence Tribe’s attack on the Obama EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Working as a hired gun for Peabody Energy Co., Tribe used a lot of highfaluting arguments involving the Constitution. (As you may know, some of the other expert Harvard profs. have refuted him.)

Perhaps less known is that Professor Tribe also represented Peabody in a case being argued tomorrow before the Supreme Court – an attempt to kill EPA’s life-saving mercury/toxic pollution standards for power plants. See below the cover sheet of his “amicus” brief, in which, by the way, he does not invoke highfaluting constitutional arguments. This looks like a pure Have Gun, Will Travel type of thing.

Tribe has disclosed this activity, as well as his ongoing work for two other notorious polluter lobbies, the American Petroleum Institute and the National Association of Manufacturers. https://helios.law.harvard.edu/public/ConflictOfInterestReport.aspx?id=10899

In reading through his fairly extensive client list, it’s hard not to come to the conclusion that Harvard isn’t paying the professor enough. Perhaps we could convince Harvard to pay him more – and spend more time working with students rather than big polluter groups?










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