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Sat Feb 23, 2013, 05:50 AM

Duke Energy Flip-Flop: ALEC Leads Attack on North Carolina Clean Energy with Duke Funding

Corporate polluters are taking aim this year at states with renewable energy laws, starting with an attack on North Carolina's clean energy economy by American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) politicians and member companies.


North Carolina Rep. Mike Hager
North Carolina state Representative Mike Hager says he is confident that he has the votes needed to weaken or undo his state's renewable energy requirements. Rep. Hager is a former Duke Energy engineer and a member of ALEC. Duke and Progress Energy (now legally merged) have given Rep. Hager $14,500 for his last two election bids, outspent only by the North Carolina Republican Party.
This is where ALEC makes things awkward for Duke Energy: the renewable energy law that Rep. Hager is targeting (2007 SB3) was created with input from Duke Energy, and Duke explicitly opposes ALEC's "Electricity Freedom Act," the groups new model law to repeal state Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards (REPS). Duke Energy re-asserted its support for North Carolina's REPS standards to the Charlotte Business Journal last April and Progress Energy publicly supported the law before merging with Duke.
Apparently, Duke forgot about supporting North Carolina's clean energy incentives somewhere along the way. Duke and outgoing CEO Jim Rogers recently dismissed over 150,000 concerned citizens demanding that Duke leave ALEC due to its role in controversial voter suppression and gun legislation. Duke remains a dues-paying member of ALEC and participates in its Energy, Environment and Agriculture Task Force.

ALEC: The Polluter's Voice

ALEC's agenda includes rolling back protections on our health, our clean air and water, public safety, public education -- public anything, really. State legislators pay a small fee to become ALEC members, working alongside giant companies to create "models bills" that are then introduced in states across the country, with no disclosure of their ALEC origins.


Heartland billboard
As CMD previously reported, ALEC's Electricity Freedom Act model bill was written by the Heartland Institute, a group made infamous for comparing those who recognize climate scientists to terrorists like the "Unabomber," Ted Kaczynski. The bill call would repeal state target goals for renewable, clean energy.
This dirty ambition is ALEC's self-stated priority on energy issues this year. Todd Wynn, a corporate influence peddler who heads ALEC's Energy, Environment and Agriculture task force, named North Carolina as one of several states ALEC will focus its clean energy attacks, citing a debunked report from the Koch-funded Beacon Hill Institute of Suffolk University's economics department. Like ALEC, Beacon Hill is part of the Koch-funded State Policy Network. See the Morning Sentinel and a scathing Portland Press Herald editorial for important critiques of the Beacon Hill reports cited by Todd Wynn.

http://www.prwatch.org/news/2013/01/11940/duke-energy-flip-flop-alec-leads-attack-north-carolina-clean-energy-duke-funding

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ProfessionalLeftist Feb 2013 #1
octoberlib Feb 2013 #2
Dalai_1 Feb 2013 #3
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octoberlib Feb 2013 #5

Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 08:40 AM

1. Heartland Institute - part of the climate change denial machine

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Response to ProfessionalLeftist (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 01:03 PM

2. Yep. And all of them are funded by the Koch Brothers and/or

big oil.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 02:01 PM

3. NC Gov is Pat McCrory

He worked for Duke Power for 28 years...in 2009 began campaigning and hasn't stopped..
He has been in office around 6 weeks ..rejected Medicaid..has already been to the coast
regarding fracking...he will manage to undo what it has taken years to get in place for
we citizens of the state..Koch Bros had money in his campaign...so deregulation with Duke
is something he can check off it appears....

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 02:09 PM

4. Is there anway ALEC can

be sued or otherwise tied up at the federal level? Racketerring.... money laundering.... tax evasion... that sort of thing?

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Response to supernova (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 23, 2013, 05:14 PM

5. They need to have their non-profit staus revoked but

that's the only thing I could find. Amazing that this activity is legal, isn't it?

For an organization that is so intimately involved in drafting legislation and interacting with state legislators,
it is surprising that ALEC denies being a lobbying group. As a charitable organization registered with
the IRS 501(c)3 exempt status, ALEC must abide by strict guidelines.
The IRS says that no organization may qualify for section 501(c)3 status if a substantial part of its activities
consist of attempting to infl uence legislation, commonly known as lobbying.43 ALEC’s interaction with
legislators and legislation would seem to disqualify the group from 501(c)3 exempt status. However, ALEC
is quick to deny that they violate their tax status. According to former spokesperson Bob Adams, “We don’t
lobby. We don’t introduce legislation at the state level. We just don’t do that. We educate people and inform
ideas…We are a tool for state legislators.”44


http://www.justice.org/cps/rde/xchg/justice/hs.xsl/12343.htm


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