The Koch Brothers involved in NC beach access dispute

Attacking government religiously, no matter how small:

Some have suggested that the beach property rights case between Diane and Gregory Nies and the Town of Emerald Isle, now before the N.C. Supreme Court, pits property rights against public recreation. This is incorrect. The case pits constitutionally protected property rights against lawless government.

J. David Breemer is a principal attorney with Pacific Legal Foundation, a donor supported watchdog organization that defends property rights nationwide. PLF represents the Nies free in their litigation against the Town of Emerald Isle.

PLF dates back to the Reagan years, and has been propped up by the Scaife Foundation and the Kochs every time its finances dwindled to the point it was at risk of total collapse. And they've been the leading edge in some of the most disgusting anti-environment moves ever attempted, including trying to get the endangered manatees de-listed in areas down in Florida, so wealthy boat enthusiasts wouldn't have to worry about killing the few that are left. And they were the ones who targeted polar bears a few years ago, doing the dirty work for their fossil fuel masters:

So there’s no question that the bear is thriving. The real concern for us at the Pacific Legal Foundation is these bears were listed based upon simply speculation. Let me tell you how this happened. In essence through computer modelling, the federal government determined that this species would be losing its sea ice habitat and because of the loss of sea ice habitat, they felt it was necessary to put them on the threatened list.

He went on to claim that the bear’s status “is a real problem” because the fossil fuel industry will suffer. “[If] you’re going to to make that more expensive through regulation, all the rest of us are going to be impacted by that and jobs are going to lost because of that,” Rivett said.

Pacific Legal Foundation’s donors include Exxon and the Koch brothers. Now, the legal group hopes to bring the case to the Supreme Court, after first challenging the Bush-era polar bear rule in 2008.

Don't know what exactly attracted this "Foundation" to the Emerald Isle case, but I will be trying to follow the threads on that when I get a chance. Film at eleven.

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