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Dick Morris: Obama Could use Fast-Track to Require Climate Change Regulation
Howard Richman, 5/6/2015

In a May 4 commentary (GOP: Lost Its Soul or Just Its Mind?), Dick Morris warns that President Obama could use Fast Track power (to negotiate trade treaties without amendment) to require climate change regulation:

[I]n this era, a trade deal may not be just about trade. The administration could use the fast track authority to force through deals that are partly about commerce but that get into other areas such as immigration and climate change....

[E]nvironmental protections embodied in the agreement could be interpreted to require climate change regulation even in the absence of congressional authorization.

The administration is anxious to assure Congress that it has no such intentions, but we know that this president cannot be trusted to exercise restraint in using any power he has been granted.

And, once provisions for immigration and climate change are included in the treaty, they cannot be superseded or even modified by an act of Congress. The treaty provisions would have the force of the “law of the land” under our Constitution.

Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky is about to bring Fast-Track up before the Senate for a vote even though at least four Republican Senators (Sessions, Graham, Burr and Capito) and at least three potential Republican candidates for president (Huckabee, Jindal and Trump) oppose him.

Ironically, McConnell may be about to give Obama the power to destroy Kentucky's coal industry! Has he lost his mind?

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Comment by Ron V, 5/8/2015:

This is very disturbing news. When will it ever stop. Climate change is most of Obama's agenda. This year the UP of Michigan had record cold temperatures. The frost line on Mackinac Island was 85 inches below grade and 30 degree weather lasted on into April. As for me personally, only God controls the thermostat. If it were not for the low natural gas prices, my energy bills would have soared through the roof!

Our country is in dire need of exceptional leaders, as you have indeed pointed this out! This also needs to be on national news..

Thanks for your very informative article.




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