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  •  Interesting renewable energy battle bit in (2+ / 0-)
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    Patango, TerryDarc

    "A battle is looming over renewable energy, and fossil fuel interests are losing" which ties in with another recent article and comment I made here.

    The measures, which have been introduced in about 18 states, lie at the heart of an effort to expand to the state level the battle over fossil fuel and renewable energy. The new rules would trim or abolish climate mandates — including those that require utilities to use solar and wind energy, as well as proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules that would reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

    But the campaign — despite its backing from powerful groups such as Americans for Prosperity — has run into a surprising roadblock: the growing political clout of renewable-energy interests, even in rock-ribbed Republican states such as Kansas.

    So,  here we have the Koch cabal conspiracy and ALEC at work again and there may be resistance. As that earlier article, directly aimed at the Koch "baggage" in their sponsorship of right wing causes, mentions:
    Solar panels throughout red states of the South and Southwest have become this century’s version of the satellite dish. In the late 1970s, rural and then suburban households who couldn’t get cable or were tired of paying its monopoly started setting up satellite dishes instead.  This was about more than the thrill of getting television where it had been too fuzzy or expensive before: This was an act of freedom. You were beating a system that was rigged against you. Today, another way to beat the system is to take on big utilities and their monopoly prices by putting some solar panels on your roof or in your yard. Not only do your energy bills go down, but the utility company buys the extra power you generate. No wonder anti-establishment conservatives (and liberals, for that matter) absolutely love their solar panels.  They are a deeply powerful and personal badge of defiance and independence.
    Well, we can hope some sanity prevails!

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Sat Apr 26, 2014 at 06:31:45 AM PDT

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