03 May '12, 2am

The Top Five Anti-Environment Objectives of ALEC

The Top Five Anti-Environment Objectives of ALEC

Mrs. Gemstone via Flickr /CC BY-SA 2.0 The American Legislative Exchange Council has at least five "model bills" waiting in the wings to roll back environmental protections for the benefit of polluting industry. ALEC, as you'll recall, is the conservative organization (or "stealth business lobbyist, " as the NY Times calls it) that allows corporations to have a direct hand in drafting legislation with state policymakers. That "model" legislation can then be passed onto other states, where it's advocated by other ALEC members. When major members like Coca Cola, Kraft, and Proctor & Gamble began fleeing the group due to its hand in creating "stand your ground" gun laws, ALEC announced a departure from that legislative arena. It also said it would no longer seek to push voter ID laws. But observers say that it seems to be doubling down in other areas—like the environment. At ...

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