Friends of the Earth Collaborates With Heartland Institute, Others, To Propose Federal Program Cuts

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The so-called GreenScissors2011 report is out, and it recommends saving hundreds of billions by eliminating Federal support for the National Flood Insurance Program, the Highway Trust Fund; crop price supports; various US Army Corps of Engineers water projects; solar & nuclear power projects; and, of course, for coal, gas and oil development.

Various collaborators have been putting the 'Green Scissors' report out for many years. It's touted as a "guide for lawmakers." This one knocked me back in the chair, however, as I read the McClatchy coverage in which "Eli Lehrer of Heartland [Institute], one of the authors, said he hoped it showed "that well-meaning people, whether they're self-identified progressives or libertarians or conservatives, can get together and come up with common-sense, common-ground solutions to cut spending and save the environment.""This must be the same Heartland Institute that sponsors an annual conference for climate science deniers. View the Institute's list of experts here and you'lll see some familiar names. Mr Lehrer's biosketch is here.

Other GreenScissor2011 authors.
McClatchy reported that "Ben Schreiber of Friends of the Earth, another author, said the report is a good starting point. The other groups that produced it are Taxpayers for Common Sense, a government waste watchdog, and Public Citizen, a consumer group."

There does not seem to have been even a Congressional staffer participating; so, we have no advance notion of how well received this year's recommendations might be in Congress.

I think I can guess the prospects, however.

Staffers for some House Committee will realize the suggested cuts are far too extreme for campaign donors to stomach, and will narrow the list down to the single greatest waste of tax dollars - for a technology which poses a most serious threat to the environment: solar power installs.

Next year they can probably add recommendations to cut out those wasteful climate research programs.

Life inside the bubble is so strange.