Dick Morris: Supreme Court Will Reverse Obama's EPA Regulations

Tuesday, 03 Jun 2014 01:56 PM

By Courtney Coren

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President Barack Obama's move to enact new regulations on power plants through executive order is "a power grab" and will be "reversed by the Supreme Court," says political analyst Dick Morris.

"He couldn't get it through Congress, and he can't do it legally," Morris told J.D. Hayworth and John Bachman on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

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"This is going to be reversed by the Supreme Court," he added. "The Supreme Court has allowed [regulations] for cars under the Clean Air Act, but has not ruled on stationary pollution sources like smoke stacks, and I don't think it's going to affirm that."

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2030 by imposing a new rule on the largest sources of greenhouse gasses in the country, power plants. The new rules are being issued by executive order by the president and encourages states to rely more on natural gas than coal for producing electricity.

"Anybody that depends upon coal for their electric power is going to see the utility bill skyrocket," Morris said. "With these new regulations, you're just going to see an explosion in those costs and the effect will be horrible for manufacturing."

The former adviser to former President Bill Clinton said that what Obama is doing in this move is "seizing control of another 17 percent of the American economy."

"The federal government spending is 35 percent — federal, state and local," Morris explained. "Then healthcare is another 17 [percent], manufacturing is 10 [percent], electric power generation and energy is seven [percent]."

"So he's now trying to control that entire range and that basically defines socialism, and don't think for a minute that global warming or health is what's motivating this. It's very simply a power grab by trying to regulate power plants," he contends.

Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky told Newsmax TV on Monday that this move by Obama will likely hurt the election chances of Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, who is running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Bluegrass State, where "about 94 percent of our electricity comes from coal."

Liberal columnist Rick Ungar also told Newsmax TV on Monday that he was shocked "that the president would choose to announce [the new EPA regulations] now, knowing Senate races in some very key districts like Kentucky, like Alaska" are taking place in November "where the coal industry is a very big employer."

Morris agrees that this will have a negative impact politically for Democrats running in those states and others.

"It virtually guarantees McConnell's victory, and, if there was any question, [Rep. Shelley Moore] Caputo's victory in the Jay Rockefeller [Senate] seat in West Virgina," he added.

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