I don't often agree with articles on energy by writers from right-wing think tanks. Too often I find that such writers are just shills for the fossil fuel companies that provide the financial support for their employers, with the worst offenders being the Heartland Institute and the Competitive Enterprise Institute. As a result, many of the articles coming out of such places seem to dismiss … [Read more...] about Will America Get More Solar by Copying Texas?
Author Noah Feldman thinks that James Madison deserves more attention -- even more than Alexander Hamilton (now of Broadway fame) or even Madison's ally Thomas Jefferson. Madison is known of course as the Father of the Constitution. And his role in writing the blueprint for the American Republic, getting it ratified and then shortly afterwards getting it amended to include the Bill of Rights … [Read more...] about 3 Lessons from James Madison to Spread Solar Power
Kentucky state Rep. Jim Gooch likes to present himself as a country boy from western Kentucky just lookin' out for the little guy. That's why Gooch wants to kill rooftop solar in Kentucky. Wait, what? Yes, Gooch wants to cut payments to homeowners who sell excess power back to the grid from their rooftop solar installations. That will make solar much more expensive for Kentuckians. And … [Read more...] about Energy Tyrant in Kentucky Uses Fake Populism to Thwart Will of the Voters
How is this year's fight in Kentucky over net metering payments like a British plot to secretly undermine the Patriot war effort during the American Revolution? Both involved counterfeiting. During the Revolution, the British came up with a plan to print fake Continental notes to destroy the American economy. Today, in Kentucky, the utility and fossil fuel lobby are funding a fake pro-solar … [Read more...] about Kentucky Fried Counterfeit: Fake Pro-Solar Group Attacks Net Metering
A politician who has bragged that he was "Donald Trump before Donald Trump," Republican Governor Paul LePage of Maine fits the classic profile of an energy tyrant. That is, a high government official who uses his or her political power to kill rooftop solar against the clear will of the people. The word tyrant is not too strong. Let's go back to the Revolution for an analogy to prove it. In … [Read more...] about Maine Governor Paul LePage Tries to Kill Solar to Help Local Utility
Anyone who wants more solar power in the United States will agree that anything that raises the price of solar installations is bad. If solar is more expensive, fewer people will buy it. And that means less solar for America. So in general, adding a tariff of up to 30% on solar panels imported into the U.S. from China and other countries is bad. That's what the Trump administration did in … [Read more...] about Are Tariffs on Imported Solar Panels A Plot by Trump to Kill Solar Power?