Here’s the Pulitzer-Prize Winning Tom Toles, with a great cartoon plus his “Friday rant”:
Friday rant: Smart ALEC editionBy Tom Toles
Here’s a story worth reading, though it won’t tell you anything you don’t already know and won’t change your opinion about anything.
“It’s an end-run around transparency and disclosure laws. Corporate interests that would otherwise be required to register as lobbyists are writing legislation behind closed doors.”
It would be a good example of how corporations buy and write their own legislation, but you already know that’s what they do. Koch brothers. Exxon. Mobil. The usual suspects. Just one more example of the non-stop effort to ensure the destruction of Earth’s climate for fun and profit, without the fun. I would commend the story unto the raging populists of the Tea Party, but in one of the oddest twists in the history of populism, this particular group of populists can’t get ENOUGH of their corporate overlords buying and running the government. Why? Because the energy companies have told them that climate change is ALL MADE UP, and the energy corporations’ word on this is GOOD ENOUGH FOR THEM!
So the Teapopulistas will read this story and nod and murmur “You go, Galt!” and later look forlorn and confused and pouty wondering why there is no more FEMA to come and rebuild their house that the new climate tornado blew away.
Interestingly, here it says “Friday rant: hot and bothered edition.” Guess the WashPost couldn’t decide which pun they wanted.
More on ALEC here: “Koch And Exxon Pay To Write State Legislation Repealing Climate Change Laws.”
A cartoon from Canada’s Cam Cardow:
Hmm. Almost like Hell and High Water.
The New Yorker:
Bonus cartoon from earlier this week: