ALEC, their funders and partners, are leading the effort to amend the U.S. Constitution to kneecap the federal government.
The Center for Biological Diversity, along with noted conservation biologist Stuart Pimm and the Center for Media and Democracy, launched an effort today to prevent hundreds of environmental data sets on government websites from being removed by the Trump administration.
The Koch brothers say they don’t want a runaway constitutional convention, but that’s what their cash is likely to deliver.
One chain of emails show that American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM), a lobby group for oil and gas, coordinated with Pruitt in 2013 to oppose the Renewable Fuel Standard Program and ozone limits. AFPM pursued its own case against the regulations, but later that year, Pruitt also filed a case suing the EPA over the same thing and used similar language to that in the emails.
This worries many Democrats and environmentalists because close ties with oil can often equal a disregard for the well-being of the environment. Republicans, on the other hand, believe that these ties with oil and gas will ensure that the government won’t overreach into those industries. You can find the emails on the Center for Media and Democracy’s website.
Research by the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) on the political influence of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce provides some revealing insights into why the Arizona Chamber is engaging in such dishonorable political lobbying efforts: “On April 4, 2016, the Center for Media and Democracy … released documents that it obtained from a top GOP polling firm which show widespread support from the Chamber’s members for policies such as an increase in the minimum wage, paid sick leave, paid paternity and paid maternity leave.
“Yes,” Pruitt replied. “As I indicated in my opening statement, I really believe that public participation, transparency in rule-making is very important.”
Pruitt’s answer was pretty nonsensical, since he’d been so withholding himself during the confirmation process: Democrats later boycotted the committee’s final vote to approve his nomination, citing his lack of response to their questions and failure to provide documents. (Pruitt told Democrats they could get the documents by contacting the office of the attorney general of Oklahoma — the office that he ran.) That same day, the Center for Media and Democracy sued Pruitt for failing to release emails they had requested over two years previously.
Donald Trump is no George Washington. The risks of a “runaway” constitutional convention led Idaho GOP legislators to vote it down.
It’s hard to keep up with it all. But alongside all the rightful focus on Sessions/Trump/Russia, here’s another percolating story of a Trump cabinet nominee lying in his confirmation hearing.
So far, 28 states have passed resolutions calling for a constitutional convention to add an amendment requiring the federal government to balance its budget. However, Montana state lawmakers yet again stopped an effort to join these states last week.
The movement isn’t over. Only six more states are needed to hold a convention under Article Five of the U.S. Constitution.
This week, as President Trump reportedly prepares to begin unwinding the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and as Congressional Republicans continue their systematic dismantling of environmental protections, the heads of electric utilities are showing up in Washington, D.C. to raise money for the GOP leadership.