ALEC has a tainted history of pushing legislation with detrimental environmental and ecological consequences. It does so at the behest of major corporations that draw profit from the degradation and exploitation of the land and its inhabitants.
ALEC has developed model legislation that would:
- Expedite the process of siting power plants, including nuclear power plants, by consolidating siting authority and oversight into a single agency instead of a diversity of agencies.
- Allow states to seize federal public lands such as National Parks, Monuments, National Forests and Wilderness Areas under the claim of eminent domain, likely for greater resource extraction.
- Remove ALL local, democratic land use authority, zoning, and regulation in favor of system of contracts that puts regulatory power in the hands of the economically privileged who can afford them. This would prevent citizens from opposing any type of land development on private property, regardless of environmental or health concerns.
The following list is just a microcosmic look at a few ALEC-member corporations with the worst track record for pollution, biodiversity loss and extinction, and habitat destruction.
BP – One of the largest oil, gas and chemical companies. BP is responsible for the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, the largest environmental disaster in the history of the United States.
Cargill, Inc. – Second largest private corporation in the world. Cargill is the largest importer of palm oil, infamous for orangutan extinction, deforestation, climate change and slave labor.
Exxon Mobil – World’s largest oil company and one the largest corporations in the world. Among a myriad of other abhorrent practices, Exxon Mobil is famous for the Exxon Valdez oil spill, impacting 1,100 miles of Alaskan coastline.
Monsanto – Biotechnology and agribusiness giant. Monsanto’s name is synonymous with GMOs, DDT, Agent Orange, PCBs, and rBGH (Bovine Growth Hormone).
Peabody Energy – The largest private coal company in the world.