Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like corruption issues tend to be the largest in places with vast amounts of natural resources. Government’s role in allocating land, mining, forestry or fishing rights, eminent domain, etc. leads to plenty of opportunities for entrepreneurial politicians.
With that in mind, take a look at Alaska. A state with a ton of oil, gold, forests, and fishing. In a situation like that, the opportunities for corruption are astronomical. And now it’s finally being uncovered:
The Alaska political corruption investigation
A broad federal investigation of public corruption has been under way in Alaska for more than three years, although it didnâ€™t become widely known until Aug. 30, 2006.
Thatâ€™s when teams of federal agents executed search warrants at the offices of six state legislators and elsewhere around the state. The government has since brought indictments and won a jury verdict and several guilty pleas.
via ewj on Twitter
It’s hard to decide who to hate more: The people working for the Bush administration (um, I mean the American Enterprise Institute) who sent the bribery offers, or the “scientists” and “economists” who take the bait:
Daily Kos: Bribes To Dispute Climate Change?
Government leaders and scientists around the world hailed the report as accurate, long over due, and evidence that greenhouse emissions must be brought under control. Of course, here in America, we have to be different:
The Guardian — Scientists and economists have been offered $10,000 each by a lobby group funded by one of the world’s largest oil companies to undermine a major climate change report due to be published today. Letters sent by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an ExxonMobil-funded think-tank with close links to the Bush administration, offered the payments for articles that emphasise the shortcomings of a report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
I’m leaning toward hating the scientists who destroy the credibility of legitimate science by polluting the debate with oil backed BS.