The national advocacy organization, Environment America, just introduced a new report aim to push back against those forces that are trying to fight solar power. The new report, Blocking the Sun and the campaign “Stand Up for Solar” will fight against the “deep-pocketed anti-clean energy ideologues and fossil interests.”
"Solar has the chance to become a leading technology,” said Rachel Cross of Frontier Group, report co-author. “It’s ready, it’s more accessible every year, and it's a solution for a world that needs to quit burning carbon. Allowing electric companies and fossil fuel interests to stand in the way of that kind of progress defies common sense."
The campaign will fight efforts to end or reduce solar energy policies in states throughout the country. The report shows 17 cases where fossil-fuel backed groups and electric utilities have run aggressive campaigns to slow the growth of solar energy in 12 states, among them Arizona, Florida and Nevada.
“Pollution-free solar energy represents America’s most abundant energy resource,” said Bret Fanshaw, Solar Program coordinator with Environment America. “For our climate and our environment, we can’t allow special interest forces in the fossil fuel industry to pull the plug on the bright potential of solar power.”
“Solar is finally catching on and providing tremendous benefits, reducing pollution, saving consumers and businesses money, and revitalizing local economies,” said Fanshaw. “Now, more than ever, states must lead the charge on a transition to solar power and renewable energy.”
The report shows how the Koch brothers have funded the national fight against solar power and has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-solar organizations including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Edison Electric Institute. The report also urges state leaders to recognize and resist efforts by utilities and the fossil fuel industry to undermine solar energy.
At least 84 policy actions are ongoing in US states that could negatively impact the growth of solar energy, according to Environment America. “Many of the nation’s electric utilities, led by their trade group the Edison Electric Institute, are trying to kill rooftop solar power in the cradle,” said David Pomerantz, Executive Director of the Energy and Policy Institute, a watchdog group that works to expose polluters' attacks on renewable energy policy. “Americans who believe in the power of rooftop solar technology to help the environment and create jobs must watch these companies like hawks, and urge public officials to support policies that guarantee solar rights and access.”Tweet