green cronyism (page 8)

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    Why it’s not enough to say ‘but our electricity rates are some of the lowest around’

    Because, prior to 2008 when the renewable energy portfolio standards (REPS) mandate took effect, North Carolina’s electricity rates were decidedly lower than the national and regional averages. Since then, N.C.’s rates have been fast converging on those averages — still lower, but growing at a faster clip than both. We’re…
    Jon Sanders, November 3, 2015
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    Carter Wrenn borrows a very bad argument

    From the conclusion to my recent Spotlight report on renewable energy: In North Carolina, electricity consumers have no choice in their electricity provider. This fact should, first of all, never provide an excuse to use this lack of a free market to enrich special interests at the expense of captive…
    Jon Sanders, September 24, 2015
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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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    Don’t “inoculate” us 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