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Arizona Bill Would Eliminate Any State Environmental Funding

Arizona Bill Would Eliminate Any State Environmental Funding

It’s unrealistic to assume everyone will do their part to protect the planet and fight climate change, but to go above and beyond to attack the environment?  Oddly, that’s exactly what’s being proposed in the Arizona state legislature.

Introduced by Senator Judy Burges and with a strong Tea Party backing, SB1507, a bill aimed to override any state environmental funding, just passed the Senate and is predicted to pass the House on Monday. The bill would essentially ban any environmentally friendly funding or incentives for state government entities  – including state universities (think CFLs, energy efficient windows, solar panels, etc).  To make matters worse, the bill would also make any “solar and wind projects that used a dollar of government funding … illegal.”

Most telling is the history of SB1507, which is in reaction to the 1992 United Nation’s Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.  The bill specifically warns that “the United Nations has enlisted the support of numerous independent, shadow organizations to surreptitiously implement this agenda around the world.”

Interestingly, in lieu of the somewhat random Declaration SB1507 is based on, there is also nothing in the United Nations Declaration that demands forced compliance.  Instead, it contains recommendations for nations, states and local governments to consider with respect to the environment and human development.

Unfortunately, Arizona also isn’t the only state that’s upset over the 1992 Declaration.  Other states like New Hampshire, Oklahoma and Tennessee have also recently brought up the issue in state legislature, but unlike Arizona, most discussion never made it out of committee.

Given climate change is imminent, it seems strange that any representative would choose to fight against efforts to save the very planet that sustains us.  It’s time to move forward on environmental and energy policy, not roll back the clock a few decades.

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3:33PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Thank you.

3:32PM PST on Dec 27, 2012

Thank you.

4:14PM PDT on May 6, 2012

What can one expect from a state so full of least it is a dry hate.

11:43AM PDT on May 2, 2012

and all you non-Arizonans thought sherif Joe was our biggest problem!!! Could we PLEASE get a very large immigration of dems to this state so we can maybe change some of these stupid, moronic laws!!!

7:49PM PDT on May 1, 2012

The Arizona legislators are STUPID, INSANE, CORRUPT, CRAZY, etc., etc., etc. How do you about forcing a state to secede?

12:32PM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

AZ legislature is mostly Republican and they could care less about the environment or animals. The AZ legislature is very corrupt.

8:02AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

This is incredibly sad. We need to do all we can to encourage people and businesses to be environmentally conscious and to help them "go green." We all share this Earth and need to do our part to keep it healthy.

7:18AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

Looks like a case of mass suicide in progress.

4:46AM PDT on Apr 30, 2012

When their water dries up and they can't have their green golf courses, who is going to pay to make sure they still do. Maybe the Koch Brothers are going to move to AZ and will donate all their money to the cause. Hasn't AZ every heard of the expression "no man is an island"?

11:07PM PDT on Apr 29, 2012

Why don't all the moronic red states secede and form their own nazi-like country and the rest of the US can build a wall to keep them out since they'll want back in once their nazi country goes bankrupt and is so polluted they won't be able to breath or drink the water.

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