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Tea Party Antics
April 3, 2012 at 1:08 pm #157778
GIMME a break!
From the Phoenix Az The Republic
Tea party’-backed bill to halt green programs
Arizona “tea party” members are pushing through legislation to quash government-funded efforts to reduce pollution and improve energy efficiency in cities, counties and the state.
Opponents of Senate Bill 1507, sponsored by Sen. Judy Burges, R-Sun City West, say the bill would shut down any government-led environmental initiative, such as Energize Phoenix, a $25 million, stimulus-funded project to improve energy efficiency in homes and businesses along the light-rail corridors in central Phoenix.
Critics also say the bill is based on a tea-party conspiracy theory about a 1992 United Nations declaration.
“This is the most ludicrous bill I’ve ever seen in six years in the Legislature,” House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, said.
With this legislation, “you could pretty much shut down any form of government sustainability” efforts, he added.
The bill would bar the state and Arizona counties and cities “from adopting or implementing the United Nations Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.”
Under the provisions of Burges’ bill, the state, counties and cities could not accept funds from, spend funds from or give funds to “certain non-governmental organizations,” including non-profit groups and contractors, for any of the declaration’s initiatives.
Similar bills opposed to the 1992 U.N. declaration and its guiding principles — to protect the Earth, all living things on it and to eradicate poverty — have been proposed by legislators in at least three other states: Kansas, New Hampshire and Tennessee.
April 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm #157780
Aside from the usual rightwing paranoia about UN/New World Order/etc, we have the ever more open funding of such craziness by larger financial interests with anti-regulatory agendas. Sensible business people use to steer clear of wingnuts, but within today’s Republican coalition there is a marked tendency to see every progressive communitarian initiative– environmental, social, or infrastructure– as a slippery slope on the way Soviet-style government. I doubt if we we could have built the interstates or established national parks if this thinking had prevailed earlier. It is my sense that this desire to crush the life and legitimacy out of the “commonwealth” is why large corporations stand silent in the health care fray, even though it would benefit them greatly to get those costs out of their cost competition.
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