A couple of conservative Republicans (I know, redundant) have alleged that the White House and the E.P.A. colluded with the National Resource Defense Council to write carbon-restricting rules that would result in the shuttering of coal plants. The New York Times:
Mr. [Darrell] Issa and Mr. [David] Vitter contend that the environmental group’s influence on the Obama climate change rule was inappropriate. Their staff members are investigating whether in drafting the rule the E.P.A. broke the law, specifically the Administrative Procedure Act, which governs how agencies write regulations.
The proposed rule, now in a public comment period, would force American power plants to sharply curb carbon emissions, the chief cause of global warming. Mr. Obama announced the rule in June. If enacted, the rule could shutter hundreds of coal-fired power plants and stand as a defining element of Mr. Obama’s legacy on fighting climate change. Republicans and the coal industry have attacked it as a “war on coal” that will raise energy prices and destroy jobs.
Dear reader, do you recall ALEC? It’s an acronym for American Legislative Exchange Council. Here’s the Wikipedia definition:
…a nonprofit organization of conservative state legislators and private sector representatives that drafts and shares model state-level legislation for distribution among the United States. According to its website, ALEC “works to advance the fundamental principles of free-market enterprise, limited government, and federalism at the state level through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector and the general public.”
Well, guess what? ALEC’s draft legislation has been introduced and adopted in dozens of state legislatures—word for word.