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Koch brothers wage war on solar energy

Koch-brothersKoch Brothers And ALEC Expand Fight On Clean Energy Users CLIMATE PROGRESS, BY ARI PHILLIPS APRIL 25, 2014  THE RIGHT-WING AMERICAN LEGISLATIVE EXCHANGE COUNCIL (ALEC), AN INFLUENTIAL LOBBYING GROUP COMPOSED OF REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS AND BIG BUSINESSES, IS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STATE- AND LOCAL-LEVEL CLEAN ENERGY DISPUTES THAT ARE CURRENTLY EVOLVING ALMOST AS QUICKLY AS THE SOLAR AND WIND TECHNOLOGIES THEMSELVES. ALEC, KNOWN FOR ADVANCING CORPORATE INTERESTS, IS ALIGNED WITH THE KOCH BROTHERS IN THE CURRENT HEATED EXCHANGE — HOW TO MAKE DISTRIBUTED SOLAR POWER LOOK BAD.

Solar power is growing rapidly across the U.S., with capacity up an astounding418 percent in the last four years alone. This has given rise to two primary policy-level debates: how much renewable power utilities are required to use, known as Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), and figuring out the logistics of net metering, which guarantees homeowners or businesses with solar panels on their roofs the right to sell any excess electricity back into the power grid.

The Los Angeles times has recently been reporting out a story about how the Koch brothers are trying to roll back these solar initiatives across the country:

“The Koch brothers, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and some of the nation’s largest power companies have backed efforts in recent months to roll back state policies that favor green energy. The conservative luminaries have pushed campaigns in Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona, with the battle rapidly spreading to other states.”

ALEC, which has referred to homeowners with their own solar panels as “freeriders on the system,” is deeply involved in both combating renewable energy mandates and modeling legislation that targets net metering…………

While ALEC might be doing the dirty work on clean energy, the fossil fuel industry is the one calling the shots, and filling the coffers. This is what makes it so cynical for ALEC to claim to be defending the free market while at the same time trying to punish solar users who have found a way to economically generate clean energy and provide some of it back to the market…..http://tinyurl.com/p868jlb

April 26, 2014 - Posted by | ENERGY, politics, USA

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