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Is it a surprise to anyone that the coal-and-gas empire commanded by the noxious Koch brothers is currently waging war on the renewables industry? For example, just recently the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), bunk-buddies of the Koch boys, steamrolled legislation through the Oklahoma legislature that slaps a big fat tax on anyone erecting new solar panels or wind turbines.

One gets the feeling that if ALEC or the Koch brothers had existed during man's earliest days they would have slapped a tax on cutting trees as they couldn't make their usurious nut on fire alone.

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  •  What's sad is that the Koch Bros. could... (2+ / 0-)
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    thefarleftside, ModerateJosh

    ...make a sh*tton of money in the renewables field if they invested all the money they waste on SuperPacs into PV panels and wind turbines, and still would be making money off of their current industrial portfolio.

    Smart business men my pasty white tuchis!

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Wed May 07, 2014 at 08:55:58 AM PDT

  •  Here's an article that nicely summarizes... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...the issues.

    One salient point:  

    Anyone using solar or wind at home before the new law takes effect this fall will be grandfathered in and won’t be charged the new fee.
    Another salient point:
    Here's how it works if you're an Oklahoma OGE customer today, according to OGE's net energy billing schedule: If you own a wind turbine in your yard, the power you produce is metered and feeds into the grid. OGE will give you a power credit on your next monthly bill based on the kilowatt hours of wind power you've supplied to the grid. If your home uses [more] kilowatt hours of electricity than the amount of electricity produced by your wind turbine, OGE bills you for the electricity it provides to you. If your turbine generates more kilowatt hours than your home consumes, OGE will only give you credit for the power you consume and provide no compensation for the excess electricity you've provided to OGE free of charge.
    That last sentence is critical.  Under the current scheme, the power company gets excess power generated by your solar panels essentially for free, which it can resell to other customers.

    Under the new law, the power company would charge you for the privilege of providing them with free power.  Now that's a scam worthy of "American Hustle".

    "Democrat" is a noun. "Democratic" is an adjective. "Republican" is an idiot. Illigitimi non carborundum. Regardless of Party. The license plate I want? OMG GOP WTF

    by TheOrchid on Wed May 07, 2014 at 09:18:32 AM PDT

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