Bill pushed by big oil and ALEC would chill environmental protests with the threat of harsh jail terms and fines.
By Don Wiener and Arn Pearson
Newly released figures show that Koch Industries has spent almost 20 percent more on federal lobbying expenses so far this year than it had at the same time last year. With the U.S. House in Democratic hands, Koch, like other fossil fuel companies, is forced to play defense on energy issues, along with pushing back against Trump trade policies.
The State Policy Network (SPN) is holding its annual meeting at the five-star Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs this week. While SPN - a right-wing web of "think tanks," advocacy groups, and other registered nonprofits in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Canada, and the United Kingdom - publishes a list of its member organizations on its website, it holds its meeting in secrecy under tight security and does not disclose attendees.
The Wisconsin State Assembly will convene for the first time this fall today to consider a bill backed by the oil industry and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that would impose harsh criminal penalties on protesters who trespass on or damage any property owned by energy and water companies.
Emissions reductions alone cannot avert climate ruin, so it's good news that C02 removal is feasible and affordable.
The Wisconsin bill echoes similar "critical infrastructure protection" model bills pushed out by the American Legislative Exchange Council and the Council of State Governments over the last two years.
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) meets this week in Austin, the capital of the Lone Star State, for its 46th Annual Meeting at the posh JW Marriott hotel.
555 workers will lose their jobs.
Plastic Industry Association works with ALEC to block regulation of single-use plastics.
The SEC has denied ExxonMobil's request to prevent a shareholder vote on a resolution requiring the oil giant to disclose its political spending, including "dark money" contributions to advocacy groups and trade associations.