green cronyism (page 9)

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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. What do they want?
    Jon Sanders, August 27, 2015
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    And another crony needs lawmakers to keep paying them for unsustainable energy

    Not long ago I posted and then almost immediately had to repost this: …[T]he special interests, the moneyed interests, the big business getting in bed with legislators for special favors (where are the media? oh, in the same bed) … [are putting] all their money and ever-growing phalanx of lobbyists to use.
    Jon Sanders, August 7, 2015
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    What a coincidence! ANOTHER crony begs lawmakers to keep paying them for unsustainable energy

    Remember just a few days ago I posted: …[T]he special interests, the moneyed interests, the big business getting in bed with legislators for special favors (where are the media? oh, in the same bed) … [are putting] all their money and ever-growing phalanx of lobbyists to use. Their strategy? Trot out…
    Jon Sanders, July 17, 2015
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    Yes, this is EXACTLY how they work

    Gov. McCrory is quoted in a WUNC article on “Historic Wind Farm Coming to Northeastern NC”: The Governor says this project stands as an example of how renewable-energy friendly policies like tax breaks and portfolio standards can work. The governor is right; it is. They work by tricking farmers into…
    Jon Sanders, July 15, 2015
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    Wall Street Journal: ‘States Are Unplugging Their Renewable-Energy Mandates’

    In this weekend’s WSJ, Donald Bryson, state director of the North Carolina chapter of Americans for Prosperity, and Jeff Glendening, state director of the Kansas chapter, write about their states’ respective efforts in capping or repealing the last two decades’ costly experiments in mandating expensive renewable energy. They put those cap…
    Jon Sanders, July 13, 2015
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    How Duke gets in-state renewable credits for out-of-state hog waste

    First, Duke would pay to have anaerobic digesters extract biogas from swine waste in the Midwest. The biogas, which would be indistinguishable from natural gas, would be injected into pipelines hundreds of miles from here. Duke would then claim renewable credits for an equivalent amount of natural gas…
    Jon Sanders, July 10, 2015
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    And remember, this all magically makes electricity less expensive, too

    Earlier this week, the NC hog industry was doing its crony duty of promoting the renewable energy portfolio standards (REPS) mandate. See, they were getting this [<->] close to turning pig crap into a viable energy source, so they need state legislators to keep the law in place to force poor…
    Jon Sanders, July 10, 2015