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October 31, 2014

Koch Brothers Link Solar to Obamacare

The New York Times Editorial Board writes about the latest Koch Brothers initiative.

“For the last few months, the Kochs and other big polluters have been spending heavily to fight incentives for renewable energy, which have been adopted by most states. They particularly dislike state laws that allow homeowners with solar panels to sell power they don’t need back to electric utilities. So they’ve been pushing legislatures to impose a surtax on this increasingly popular practice, hoping to make installing solar panels on houses less attractive.”

The coal producers’ motivation is clear: They see solar and wind energy as a long-term threat to their businesses … Given new regulations on power-plant emissions of mercury and other pollutants, and the urgent need to reduce global warming emissions, the future clearly lies with renewable energy.

A benefit to customers, but not to utilities, “currently, 43 states require utilities to buy excess power generated by consumers with solar arrays,” a practice known as net metering.

A “Koch ad likens the renewable-energy requirement to health care reform, the ultimate insult in that world. ‘Like Obamacare, it’s another government mandate we can’t afford,’ the narrator says.”

  • pbrower2a

    Maybe the utilities can turn on the Koch brothers.

  • UnionLeague

    The Koch Brothers would sell America down the river if it made them a buck.

  • duncan king

    Whoever listens to these anti-American bozo’s should have their head examined.

  • Sam G

    Thank goodness there are no liberal…progressive…democrat anti-American billionaires who would sell America down the river if it made them a buck….hey guys!

  • DXSUX

    I looked into solar power for my home. It cost $35,000 and I would get a check back from the Feds for $7,000. Trouble is I dont get enough sunlight here to generate enough electricity to sell back to the grid. So, between the cost of financing this thing, plus the extra electricity I would still need to purchase, it cost me less converting to led lighting and reducing the temp on my hot water heaters.

    • PPMStudios

      Four years ago I put a grid-tied 2.5kW PV system on my roof. It cost 16K and I don’t see how it helped anything. I’ve even replaced all my incandescent bulbs with LED and the poisonous CFL bulbs. My electric company raised their rates and in comparison, my monthly bills haven’t dropped at all.

      I also bought a Highlander Hybrid and last year, the wonderful state of Colorado wants to add another $50 to my annual registration fee. Fortunately, that’s only for ‘plug-in’ hybrids.

      My point is that they tell us to go green and when we do, it only costs us far more money. We’re damned if we do and damned if we don’t…

  • YONATAN C

    THE REPUBLICAN SENATE NEEDS TO PASS THE LONG AWAITED UNEMPLOYMENT EXTENSION BILL, FOR THE 2.6 MILLION OF FAMILIES THAT HAVE BEEN WITHOUT BENEFITS SINCE LAST DECEMBER. SINCE LAST DECEMBER, MILLIONS OF FAMILIES HAVE FACED FINANCIAL RUIN, HAVE FACED EVICTION, HOME FORECLOSURES, PERSONAL BANKRUPTCY, AND HOMELESSNESS, WHILE THE REPUBLICANS CONTINUE PLAYING THEIR “PARTY POLITICS” IN THE SENATE. THE TIME HAS COME FOR THE “ELECTED OFFICIALS” TO START REPRESENTING THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, AND NOT THE XL OIL PIPELINE LOBBY INTEREST. THAT IS THE REASON FOR THIS FIVE MONTH DELAY AND BATTLE IN THE SENATE TO PASS THE EXTENSION BILL. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN HOLDING THE EXTENSION BILL AS “HOSTAGE” UNTIL THEIR “SPECIAL INTEREST GROUP” GETS THEIR OIL PIPLINE APPROVED. THE REPUBLICANS HAVE ACTUALLY ASSISTED WITH MAKING THESE UNFORTUNATE FAMILIES SUFFER, IN ORDER TO GET THEIR OWN BILL PASSED BY THE PRESIDENT. AS A “FORMER” REPUBLICAN, I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT I WILL NEVER AGAIN VOTE FOR THEIR PARTY.

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