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U.S. — Renewable energy contested — “Electricity Freedom Act”

NewsReview.com — December 6, 2012

A group skeptical of climate change is working on legislation to overturn state renewable-energy mandates throughout the nation.

The Heartland Institute, a libertarian think tank, has collaborated with the conservativeAmerican Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC) to produce the Electricity Freedom Act, which would repeal requirements for utilities to purchase some of their energy from renewable sources, according to The Washington Post.

ALEC is a group of legislators from 50 states that has long maintained a stance against climate-change regulation. James Taylor, the Heartland Institute’s senior fellow for environmental policy, said the real issue is “that alternative energy, renewable energy, is more expensive than conventional energy.”

However, the Heartland Institute’s motivations have come into question—the think tank received $736,000 from Exxon Mobil between 1998 and 2006 and an unspecified amount from brothers Charles and David Koch—whose Koch Industries has significant energy and oil holdings—prior to 2001.

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2 Comments on “U.S. — Renewable energy contested — “Electricity Freedom Act””

  1. Reality check December 6, 2012 at 9:33 am #

    Again, the environmentalists LIVE AND EXIST due to oil money, starting with Al Gore. Every oil company has an alternative energy department and many drain dry the subsidies for wind turbines. Anschutz, the administration’s hero for the 1000 turbine land rape planned in Wyoming, made his money in oil. Duke Energy funded many DNC events and gives heavily to the Democrats who favor environmental policies. We are talking BILLIONS of dollars connected to investments in the oil industry in the case of Anschutz. BILLIONS. Yet there are complaints about $736,000 for Heartland? I think the enviros are mad that Heartland has much better money management and could make due with less than a million.

  2. ISM Group, Inc. December 6, 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Reblogged this on ISM Group, Inc. and commented:
    Climate change is one of AL Gore’s brain cramps

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