green cronyism (page 7)

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    The top ‘stakeholders’ in policy debates are the citizens, never the cronies

    Energy cronyism whack-a-mole continues as the massive renewable-energy lobby continues to press for special favors from policymakers as per their proudly admitted, decades-old business model. Today’s edition was just snuck into the Senate farm bill, a proposed committee substitute that would establish not…
    Jon Sanders, September 23, 2015
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    We need state edicts to inoculate captive ratepayers against low-cost, sustainable, efficient, readily dispatchable energy

    From Carolina Journal this morning, a truly obtuse quotation from a Republican: “We talk about mandates. We talk about subsidies. We talk about all these other things. But polio vaccines are mandates. Anybody here think that’s a bad idea?” state Rep. Charles Jeter, R-Mecklenburg, said during the news conference.
    Jon Sanders, September 14, 2015
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    Civitas: OK, WRAL, let’s play your game, but let’s do it completely

    Civitas’ Susan Myrick shows all the reductio ad hominem that WRAL’s ridiculously Koch-obsessed report missed. Turns out, there was a bunch. Myrick’s report gives “the rest of the story: the left-leaning groups and rich people who fund the solar and wind power lobby for their own profit.” As…
    Jon Sanders, September 11, 2015
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    WRAL: Reductio ad Kocham

    Apparently in the Monopoly game of liberal argumentation, invoking the name of Koch … is treated like drawing a Get Out of Fail Free card. — Yours truly, here, here and here WRAL decided to report on a legislative roundtable exploring issues surrounding North Carolina’s renewable energy…
    Jon Sanders, September 9, 2015
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    Without tax credits, solar survives and competes. Or it fails. Neither is a case for perpetuating the credits.

    The state’s most hyperactive lobby has cranked its rent-seeking antics up to 11 to retain special investment tax credits and the state’s renewable energy portfolio standards (REPS) purchase mandates. The tax credits, which these special-interest lobbyists has made plain as day that their industry absolutely requires them — now, next year,…
    Jon Sanders, September 2, 2015
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    Rent-seeking, the renewable energy business model

    Rent-seeking is a strange term; it’s the economists’ version of the infield fly rule. If you’re in the know about rent-seeking, it’s likely you are conversant in economics. The president is not. (Which shouldn’t surprise, since so many of his economic schemes depend upon inverted demand curves to…
    Jon Sanders, August 28, 2015
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    Inigo Montoya can only do so much

    The president gave a speech earlier this week praising his administration’s regulations dictating energy-efficiency standards, its recently unveiled unprecedented onslaught of federal regulations vis-a-vis his “Clean Power Plan,” and its exorbitant menu of federal tax incentives for renewable energy. He boasted of the success of these federal intrusions into energy markets, which, he…
    Jon Sanders, August 28, 2015
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    Just another special-interest lobby seeking plunder

    There is a very active special-interest lobby in North Carolina. Dozens upon dozens of its lobbyists are a constant presence at the North Carolina General Assembly. They desire: Exorbitant, ongoing investment tax credits for their industry Generous accelerated depreciation schedules Consumers forced by law to purchase an increasing amount of their product All of the above portrayed as pro-free market Here are a few questions based on those desires: Does it matter what the industry is? Should it matter? What about the principles of free market? Do they change? What if the industry in question is a regulated monopoly?
    Jon Sanders, August 27, 2015