Two Republican legislators are threatening to cut funding for the University of Wyoming over their environmentally conscious, public sculpture Carbon Sink: What Goes Around Comes Around.
The scorched, coal-covered, spiraling assembly of logs from bug-infested trees points out that changes in climate due to greenhouse gas emmisions and coal burning are preventing natural cold weather cycles from killing of beetles and are causing nationwide insect invasions.
One of the legislators ominously warned a local newspaper,
Every now and then you have to use these opportunities to educate some of the folks at the University of Wyoming about where their paychecks come from.
The University’s Campbell County, Wyoming, is home to some of the largest coal mines in the country. Despite the threats, the University plans to allow the sculpture to stay for the next 5 to 20 years until it decays and “returns to earth.”