Legislators in North Carolina apparently just sunseted the bulk of that state’s environmental laws. If those laws cannot be re-passed in a very short time, they will disappear from the law books. This environmental extinction law was seemingly designed for such an outcome—the gutting of all state environmental regulations.
What I want to know is how the NC legislators felt when they went home that night to tell their sons and daughters about their day. “Daddy had a good day, we wiped out all of the environment protections passed by previous legislatures, honey.” How do you think 11-year old daughters would receive that? wives? sons in college?
Apparently those legislators were willing to sell their influence/votes to Duke Energy and the other big polluters in the state for campaign contributions. They were willing to sell their influence over the future health of their friends, neighbors, children, etc. to be able to . . . continue in office as someone who can sell their influence to be able to . . . continue in office. . . .
One suggests that those people rethink why they are in office. Apparently they think they are in office to raise funds to continue to hold office. If they do well at the state level, they might get to the federal level where as many as 10% of the population will approve of their performance, but only so long as they keep their jobs. It must be for the prestige.