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What had the EPA suddenly done to earn
such criticism? The EPA had dared to take the first baby steps
towards regulating greenhouse gas emissions.
Six more states had resolutions introduced that never passed:
Because the Center for Media and Democracy has now launched the ALEC Exposed archive, we can now trace the emergence of this rash of legislation to the bill factory know as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
In the spring of 1998, ALEC ratified a
model resolution for states to pass calling on the U.S. to reject
Kyoto Protocol and banning states from regulating greenhouse
gases in any way. With ALEC friend
George W. Bush entering the White
House in 2001, the energy interests that sit on ALEC's Energy,
Environment, and Agriculture Task Force - easily got their way on
keeping the U.S. out of Kyoto.
...ALEC's interests in avoiding any regulation of greenhouse gases is easy to understand.
ALEC's Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Task Force is currently chaired by the American Gas Association, an organization that promotes natural gas "fracking," and was previously chaired by Peabody Energy.
Other ALEC members include,
ALEC also receives substantial funding from fossil fuel interests.
It has received at least $600,000 from Koch Industries, between 1997-2009, during which time it fought vigorously against greenhouse gas regulation, which would no doubt help Koch Industries' bottom line as the company profits handsomely from oil and natural gas, so much so that it was named one of the nation's top 10 air polluters in 2010.
ALEC received an additional $1.4 million from ExxonMobil since 1998.
Both companies, and many more whose funding is harder to trace, are getting their money's worth as ALEC member and Congressional alumni parrot corporate talking points on the dangers of reducing America's GHG emissions.
Simultaneously, they wrote and promoted
model bills advocating natural gas "fracking," offshore drilling for
oil and natural gas, and nuclear energy.
ALEC drew up a resolution for legislatures to pass, urging their governors to pull their states out of these regional initiatives.
They had a major success when Arizona Governor and ALEC alumni Jan Brewer pulled her state out of the initiative in early 2010.
In 2009, the EPA made its "Finding," that,
Clean Air Act, the EPA was
then required by law to regulate these greenhouse gases.
On December 1-3, 2010, ALEC held a policy summit in which it brought its troops in line on the issue of "the EPA's regulatory trainwreck." ALEC sought to frame the EPA's enforcement of the Clean Air Act as "higher prices, fewer jobs, and less energy."
The policy summit included a session led by Peter Glaser of Troutman Sanders LLP law firm in which Glaser, an attorney who represents electric utility, mining and other energy industry companies and associations on environmental regulation, specifically in the area of air quality and global climate change, told the crowd that,
Along with the presentations, ALEC published a report called "EPA's Regulatory Trainwreck: Strategies for State Legislators" and provided "Legislation to Consider" on its site, RegulatoryTrainwreck.com.
For the public, they created the website StopTheTrainwreck.com.
At the December 2010 summit, Nebraska Senator and former Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns presented a talk called,
His presentation is not online, but it's not difficult to guess what he might have said.
Less than one week later, he appeared on the radio show AgriTalk to comment on the very same subject.
ALEC alumni and incoming chair of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Oklahoma) echoed Johanns' comments on the same show one week later and used his new power in the House to hold a hearing on "the impact of EPA regulation on agriculture" on March 10, 2011.
Meanwhile, in February 2011, Peter
Glaser, who led ALEC's Policy Summit session on their anti-EPA GHG
regulation campaign, testified before the House Energy and Commerce
Committee's Energy and Power subcommittee in a hearing on "The
Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011." (The vice chair of the
subcommittee, Rep. John Sullivan (R-Oklahoma), is another ALEC
But just last month, it issued a press release congratulating itself for pushing back against "EPA's onslaught of regulations."
On the agenda is a session titled "Warming Up to Climate Change - The Many Benefits of Increased Atmospheric CO2."
The greenhouse gas emissions and catastrophic climate crisis that has already begun could not have a better lobbyist than ALEC members and ALEC alumni in Congress.
But now that they have been exposed, their meeting will be met with protests.