27 Apr '12, 4pm

This crazy bill could eliminate Arizona’s ability to do any environmental work

The Arizona House is about to vote on a totally insane bill that could prevent that state from doing even the tiniest smidgen of environmentally friendly work. Solar and wind projects that used a dollar of government funding would be made illegal. State universities could have to stop all sustainability-related research. State buildings wouldn’t even be able to use CFL lightbulbs. The bill, SB 1507, has already passed the Senate, and the House has given it initial approval. The final House vote is coming on Monday. The bill would make it “illegal for any government entity in the state to abide by any tenet or principle” of the Rio Declaration, the Arizona Capitol Times reports . These are incredibly broad principles like, for instance, “enact effective environmental legislation.” Think about that one for a second. If this bill passes, it will be illegal in Arizona to pass ...

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