Howdy All! Hope you are all enjoying this Labor Day weekend. Thought I’d throw this up in case anyone has something they want to share today.
I like this article on how the Florida legislature voted on measures to keep solar more affordable–a sea change. It seems like there are shifts all around us, partly as a result of our Bernin’ up the nation for a while. The article touches on some other possible motivations.
Politicians in Big Oil’s Pocket, Beware: The People of Florida Want Their Solar
Juan Cole, TD
… What is amazing is that both houses of the Florida legislature voted by unanimous vote. In the past, the Florida legislature had been hostile to renewable energy, apparently taking money from the Koch Brothers’ ALEC lobby and from Florida utilities to hinder it.
This time, Republican politicians began speaking of “energy freedom,” seeing the ability of homeowners to put up solar panels as more congruent with the free market than utility monopolies are. For some of those who talk that way, it is a matter of personal conviction. For others, it may be that they now have money from green energy PACs. Note too that the cost of installing solar panels has plummeted over the past 4 years, so that a lot of homeowners are now interested in it who had not been before. …