ALEC has a history of obstructing solutions to the climate crisis. Additionally, ALEC’s membership is filled with some of the most destructive and carbon-intensive energy corporations on the planet. Lastly, ALEC fuels misinformation and climate skepticism. As an example a recent ALEC conference panels was titled “Warming Up to Climate Change: The Many Benefits of Increased Atmospheric CO2″.
ALEC has developed model legislation that would:
- Challenge the EPAs attempt to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Fourteen states including Indiana, Alaska, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming all passed resolutions attacking the EPA. These resolutions have their roots in ALEC model legislation.
- In 1998 ALEC ratified model legislation for states to call on the US to reject the Kyoto Protocol.
- ALEC was also instrumental in creating legislation that undermined or had states pull out of state initiatives such as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative in ten Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and the Western Climate Initiative.
The following list is just a microcosmic look at a few ALEC-member corporations with the worst track record attacking attempts to address the climate crisis, fueling climate skepticism and producing huge quantities of devastating greenhouse gas emissions.
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.
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.
Peabody Energy – The largest private coal company in the world.
Bank of America – One of the largest financiers of fossil fuel projects, particularly those related to coal and mountain top removal.
Koch Industries - The largest privately held corporation in the world. The two brothers owning the corporations have relentlessly attacking climate science and efforts to address the climate crisis in addition to a wide variety of other issues.