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The Slush Route to Green Energy

Monday, 28 April 2014 04:28

The Washington Post had an interesting front page article on how efforts to roll back renewable energy requirements are encountering stiff resistance even in heavily Republican states. The resistance is coming largely from businesses who are profiting from producing wind or solar energy. It's striking that having a relatively small number of businesses who have profits on the line can apparently have a major influence on the political process.

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Predators Who Thrive on Negative Externalities Decry Subsidies
written by Last Mover, April 28, 2014 7:00
Koch Industries, along with the utility industry’s Edison Electric Institute and the nation’s biggest coal company, Peabody Energy, have supported ALEC, which advised state lawmakers on repeal strategy.

“Koch has consistently opposed all subsidies and mandates across the board, especially as it relates to energy policy,” Philip Ellender, president and chief operating officer of Koch Companies Public Sector, said in a statement, citing the company’s opposition to the renewable fuel standard, wind production tax credit and ethanol mandate. “Government should not mandate the allocation or use of natural resources and raw materials in the production of goods.”

Uh huh. A commenter on the article, Carla_claws, says it all:

"First they came for the river fires but I wasn't a river fire so I didn't say anything."

How dare anyone compete with them based on legitimate profits. Get your own negative externalities you freeloading commies.
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If only more industries profited from peace...
written by ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®©, April 28, 2014 12:51
Maybe we wouldn't be going to war all over the planet, incessantly.
written by JDM, April 28, 2014 7:05
It's very expensive for a business to build its own coal or oil or hydro power plant, even to provide a portion of its own electric needs. It's cheap for a business to build its own solar or wind power plant to supply much of its needs. So these states aren't facing just a few manufacturers who want alt energy, but a bunch of well-heeled business owners who want it.
It's all about deal making in Congress
written by Bill H, April 29, 2014 9:05
"It's striking that having a relatively small number of businesses who have profits on the line can apparently have a major influence on the political process."

Dealmaking is the way bills get passed in Congress, and only a few legislators need to actually support the bill. They bargain with other legislators on an "I'll vote for your bill if you'll vote for mine" basis, and so bills which benefit only a very few states pass routinely. Without the bargaining, none would ever pass at all. It is a thoroughly corrupt process.

It is also why we keep reelecting the legislators who we profess to hate. We need for "our guy" to have enough seniority and skill at "working the system" to get bills passed which favor our state and bring money into our pockets. Which means the voters are part of that corruption.

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