Arizona GOP echoes conspiracy theories in push to ban climate action

By Adam Aton | 03/11/2024 06:09 AM EDT

The Legislature is moving forward on bills that would prohibit climate funding and data collection.

Arizona state Sen. Anthony Kern.

Arizona state Sen. Anthony Kern, seen here in the state Capitol earlier this year, is among the Republican sponsors of legislation to ban public spending on climate action. Ross D. Franklin/AP

Arizona Republicans want to ban public spending on climate action under a sweeping proposal that targets mass transit and pollution data collection — as well as any attempts to replace meat with bugs, limit clothing ownership or promote “Marxist ideologies.”

The state’s Republican-controlled House and Senate have passed various forms of the legislation, including a version that would bypass Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs and go directly on the November ballot.

All versions of the bill would bar any public entity — from the state to cities to universities — from advocating, planning or joining an association that promotes a sprawling list of policies. Any registered voter in the state would be able to sue a public entity to enforce it.


The legislation would prohibit spending public money to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; develop a climate plan; collect data on emissions; or seek to displace car travel with biking, walking or mass transit.