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Mon Feb 11, 2013, 02:06 PM

How the Right-Wing's Infamous ALEC Is Attacking Renewable Energy Initiatives

How the Right-Wing's Infamous ALEC Is Attacking Renewable Energy Initiatives
An ALEC-backed bill, the "Electricity Freedom Act," calls for the nullification of any given state's Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards.
January 15, 2013 |

Renewable energy is under attack in the Tar Heel State. That's the word from Greenpeace USA's Connor Gibson today in a report that implicates King Coal powerhouse, Duke Energy and the fossil fuel industry at-large.

The vehicle Duke Energy is utilizing for this attack is one whose profile has grown in infamy in recent years: the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).

ALEC is described as a " corporate bill mill" by its critics. It's earned such a description because it passes " model bills" written by corporate lobbyists and to boot, the lobbyists typically do so behind closed doors at ALEC's annual meetings.

The ALEC-Duke Alernative Energy Attack

Gibson puts it bluntly in his exposť, explaning that North Carolina Republican Rep. Mike Hager "says he is confident that he has the votes needed to weaken or undo his state's [renewable] energy requirements during his second term."

Hager is a former Duke employee, where he ...


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