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The GOP's illogical attack on the Solar industry

The party of "no" cannot abide a successful venture:

The Republican leadership is starving state services to give tax cuts to big corporations because they say that “business friendly” approach will encourage job growth. But when a tax credit – essentially a targeted tax cut – produces the job growth and rural benefits that the broader tax cuts have not, they let it expire. The confusion in this approach was evident in the execution of it. The House voted overwhelmingly to extend the credit. Then, under pressure from senators opposed to incentives, renewable energy or both, the House reversed itself and agreed to let the credit end.

And given the chance to create jobs in the energy source of the future, they said no. Given a chance to help struggling rural counties benefit from a profitable new use for open land, they said no.

The bottom line is, Republicans really don't care about actually helping rural NC landowners, they are much more concerned about staying on the good side of a couple of Kansas billionaires. I remember several complaints from Democrats when the Hagan campaign chose to attack the Koch Brothers in TV ads, but you know what? She did us a favor by raising awareness of their activities. As a matter of fact, the reference to AFP in this second paragraph might not have even been written without that exposure:

Report: Solar energy benefits vastly outweigh costs

Households and businesses with solar panels deliver greater benefits than they receive through programs like net metering, a report said today, countering increasing complaints from utilities that solar homeowners don’t pay their fair share.

“While some utilities claim they’re subsidizing solar panel owners, our report shows the opposite is likely true,” said Dave Rogers, Environment North Carolina State Director. “If anything, utilities should be paying people who go solar more, not less.”

Raleigh earns berth in “sweet sixteen” for solar power

Raleigh has more solar panels than most major American cities, ranking 13th among dozens of metropolitan areas analyzed in a new report. The Oak City’s berth in the “solar sweet sixteen,” just behind Albuquerque and ahead of Sacramento, is a result of a significant growth of rooftop solar in the city.

“Raleigh is a star when it comes to solar power,” said Dave Rogers, director of Environment North Carolina. “We hope state leaders and other North Carolina cities will follow the Oak City’s shining example.”

Report: wind energy could reduce pollution equal to five coal plants

The carbon pollution from five coal plants could be eliminated in North Carolina if wind power is developed off the North Carolina coast, according to a new analysis by Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center. The report comes right as Congress considers whether to renew tax credits critical to wind development.

“Wind energy is a wise investment for the environment and the economy,” said Rep. David Price. “In North Carolina, developing the infrastructure to support wind power could help us meet up to a third of our energy needs while creating tens of thousands of jobs and an estimated $22 billion in economic benefit. I strongly believe that wind and other renewable sources are critical to our energy future.”

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