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Siemens, Shell and the solar lobby against big business?

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Those pushing green-energy policy usually make one of two arguments:

(A) You’re either with us or you’re with big, greedy business.

or

(B) Big business is on our side, so join us or hurt the economy.

It’s hilarious when the green-energy crowd tries to make both arguments simultaneously. The Center for American Progress is usually good for the occasional “corporate-shills-oppose-reforms-that-corporations-want” article (here on climate control, and here on light bulbs, for instance).

Today’s example comes from “The Energy Collective,” sponsored by Siemens and Shell, with a solar-industry consultant using the argumentum ad Kochem  to blast an effort to roll back corporate welfare for the likes of Siemens and the solar industry.

First, a screen grab from the article:

Now the fun excerpts:

Clean energy advocates in North Carolina have won a major battle in the opening stages of a nationwide fossil fuel-funded war against renewable energy standards

Got that? It’s “advocates” versus industry. Later, though, the article quotes a proponent of the subsidies:

“I would have had a difficult time talking to a CEO who just brought 300 jobs to Cleveland County (and telling him) I’m going to vote to eliminate this program that justified their investment,” said Republican Rep. Tim Moore, referring to a $27 million dollar solar manufacturing facility being built in his district.

The logic, as far as I can tell: Koch money = bad. Solar money = good.

I can’t find reporting on the position taken by Duke Energy, a huge investor in wind energy and also the dominant utility in the state. Many articles, pointing out that the bill’s sponsor is a former Duke employee, suggest Duke supported repeal of the renewable-energy standards in North Carolina.

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