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ALEC renews push against environmental protections

Top tech companies such as Google cut their ties this year with the American Legislative Exchange Council over ALEC’s policies related to climate change. But proposals aimed at weakening environmental protections were a big focus at ALEC’s national meeting last week in Washington, D.C., which was attended by at least 18 Kansas state lawmakers. Buoyed by conservative Republican gains this past election, ALEC, a corporate lobbying network, proposed model legislation that seeks to disband the Environmental Protection Agency, weaken environmental protections for smog and other air pollutants, and roll back protections for endangered species, the Guardian reported. Aliya Haq of the Natural Resources Defense Council described the agenda as “a wish list for dirty energy companies.” – Phillip Brownlee