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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