27 Jul '11, 2pm

A sculpture featuring logs killed by pine beetles and lumps of coal has Wyoming legislators upset due to mining ties.

A sculpture featuring logs killed by pine beetles and lumps of coal has Wyoming legislators upset due to mining ties.

The sculpture is 36 feet in diameter and points out the connection between human reliance on fossil fuels -- namely coal -- and the problem of pine beetles killing forests, which has worsened as global temperatures rise. However, two republican state legislators from Campbell County, Wyoming, Representatives Tom Lubnau and Gregg Blikre, say that the sculpture goes too far. New York Times reports: "While I would never tinker with the University of Wyoming budget - I'm a great supporter of the University of Wyoming - every now and then you have to use these opportunities to educate some of the folks at the University of Wyoming about where their paychecks come from," Representative Lubnau told a local newspaper, referring to taxes collected from coal and other energy industries. He did not return phone calls seeking comment. Museum representatives say they support the expres...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/07/carbon-sink-sculp...

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