After Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced that she would not defend the state's Defense of Marriage Act against a lawsuit, critics complained that she has a duty to defend state law and that she is cherry-picking what suits her politically.
If so, she has a great deal of company in the orchard.
For example, the Corbett administration has chosen to ignore the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act, which was adopted in 2008. It requires the state Department of Environmental Protection to produce two non-binding reports every three years - a statewide climate change impact assessment and a plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
About 1 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions are generated in Pennsylvania, largely because a high percentage of the state's electricity is generated by coal-fired power plants, according to the 2009 DEP report. It also found that Pennsylvania generates the third highest amount of carbon dioxide among the states.
When President Obama announced a new climate change focus a few weeks ago, Gov. Tom Corbett characterized it as an attack on the coal industry.
Joe Sherrick, a former DEP climate change program manager, recently told StateImpact.com that he resigned out of frustration, due to a lack of support from the administration and from the DEP bureaucracy, "for anything related to climate change work."
The administration should comply with the law and conduct the required studies, especially since Mr. Corbett vowed upon taking office to base his environmental decisions on scientific evidence.