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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