Friday, April 12, 2013

Kansas Outlaws Sustainability (Or At Least Thinks About It)

Over at Land Use Prof, Jessie Owley highlights Kansas' attempt to rid the state of the scourge of sustainable development:

Politicians in Kansas . . . seem to have been contemplating the power of law to dictate sustainability rules. House Bill No. 2366 currently before the Kansas state legislature would make it illegal to use “public funds to promote or implement sustainable development." Frankly with the trouble surrounding just trying to define what should be considered "sustainable development," I am not sure how meaningful such a law would be -- put gotta appluad tease Kansas for trying. As a professor at a public school, I find the provision restricting the teaching of sustainability to be especially worrisome [no public funding can be used for "materials prepared or presented as part of a class, course, curriculum or instructional material"].

Next thing you know, states will be outlawing climate change.

Steve Clowney

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Steve, outlawing sustainability sounds like a bad idea, but maybe your blog should outlaw misleading headlines. The bill was just introduced and referred to committee, which is some distance from outlawing anything.

Posted by: Bill Fischel | Apr 12, 2013 7:37:30 PM

Dorothy, meet Alice.

Posted by: Kermit Lind | Apr 13, 2013 8:29:28 AM

Fair point, Bill. I've adjusted the headline. Thanks for keeping me honest.

Posted by: Steve Clowney | Apr 14, 2013 1:12:52 PM

Steve, thanks. Enjoy your blog.

Posted by: Bill Fischel | Apr 19, 2013 7:28:38 AM

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