Friday, April 12, 2013

Wow, They Really Think Like That? Republican Opposes any Investment in New Energy and the Free Speech right to Promote it.

The Republican Party should have been crushed by the weight of its own hypocrisy long ago, but for some reason, hasn't. Maybe, just maybe, this will be that moment (fat chance):
They hate mom nature!!! This happened recently at a Wisconsin town hall on the state budget....
Turley: Kansas Legislature Considers Ban on Funds For Sustainable Development: Kansas House Bill 2366 to ban any funds to be used to “promote or implement sustainable development.” The main sponsor, Republican Rep. Dennis Hedke has close ties with oil and gas companies. 
The Amazing Rep. Hedke presented the following mind numbing, jaw dropping ideas: 
This act states: No public funds may be used, either directly or indirectly, to promote, support, mandate, require, order, incentivize, advocate, plan for, participate in or implement sustainable development.

This prohibition shall apply to: the payment of membership dues to any association; employing or contracting for the service of any person or entity; the preparation, distribution or use of any kit, pamphlet, booklet, publication, electronic communication, radio, television or video presentation; any materials prepared or presented as part of a class, course, curriculum or instructional material; any current, proposed or pending law, rule, regulation, code, administrative action or order issued by any federal or international agency; and any federal or private grant, program or initiative…”

Just in case you think that "sustainable development" is some conspiracy cloaked in misleading language, here is how it is defined in the law: “a mode of human development in which resource use aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come…”
Breathtaking! Conflict of Interests? Not if You're a Republican:
He told reporters that he fails to see the conflict. When asked if his working for (energy) companies crossed his mind in introducing the legislation, Hedke responded “I can’t see why. I didn't think about that. It really never crossed my mind."

I do not know which is worse, legislating with a conflict of interest or not even seeing the basis for a conflict. 

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