As Director of the Checks & Balances Project, I was one of the eight people featured on the "ALEC Most Wanted" document alongside other reporters and public interest advocates who have criticized ALEC's efforts to influence state legislators on behalf of special interests.
They are trying to destroy safeguards that protect us from harm and ensure that we have a voice in our state capitals. That's why it is critical that our legislators hear a diversity of voices. If they don't, ALEC and its friends in big business will push through their agenda at our expense.
Who is responsible for balancing what information your children learn at school? Teachers. Unfortunately, the polarization of climate change makes it challenging for teachers who understand only too well that our children must live in science-literate society.
In Friday's Wall Street Journal story, "States Cooling to Renewable Energy," ALEC Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force Director Todd Wynn claimed, "I have not received one dime to work directly on renewable-energy mandates."
AT&T, with the help of Verizon and the cable companies have 'captured' the FCC -- and have been able to get the federal agency to create and shape a working group designed specifically to remove all regulations and obligations.
While some speculate as to whether fracking will ever actually happen in Florida, the oil and gas industry has shown it's serious about developing this shale basin and will host the "Emerging Shale Plays USA" conference in Houston, Texas from April 24-25.
January has just ended, yet ALEC has already planted its "Environmental Literacy Improvement Act" -- which mandates a "balanced" teaching of climate science in K-12 classrooms -- in the state legislatures of Oklahoma, Colorado, and Arizona so far this year.
No longer the party of Lincoln, or even Reagan for that matter, the contemporary GOP has become a deceptive and secretive party given to lies and subterfuge; deceiving the American people for over three decades.
You can say one thing about the Koch brothers: They don't let the facts get in their way. But the truth about renewable electricity standards is that they have not significantly increased rates. In some cases, rates have even dropped a bit.
Remember Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old African American gunned down in February by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, with a semiautomatic handgun that the State of Florida had licensed Zimmerman to carry, loaded and concealed?
As the movie's stars take to the airwaves this week to promote the film, it is unlikely they will discuss the agenda of the film's billionaire backers or the right-wing politicians and for-profit firms who are promoting the parent trigger idea.