Conservative Groups Push for Renewable Energy
Climate change is a divisive subject in American politics, but that doesn't mean renewable energy has to be. Several conservative organizations are leading the right to self-sustainable energy practices.
Debbie Dooley is the president of Conservatives for Energy Freedom and the Green Tea Coalition. She supports the renewable energy movement because it combats the monopolies government utilities have on the industry. Dooley also believes decentralizing the energy grid would leave our country less susceptible to a terrorist attack targeting such centers.
"Even though I am on the side of conservative principles of free-market choice and true energy freedom, I am facing Koch brothers-founded opposition. A lot of these fossil-fuel-funded groups are joining forces with the monopolies to stop competition from solar. That's a battle I don't shy away from," Dooley explains.
These sentiments carry over to the Young Conservatives for Energy Reform, headed by Michele Combs. Combs' words and the organization's goals appeal to millennials. She highlights the nation's reliance on oil from the Middle East, which shapes our international relations.
Conservative proponents of the groups share concern of the funding for clean energy tax credits. Paul Walker of ConservAmerica, formerly known as Republicans for Environmental Protection, states, "There continues to be a large majority of conservatives opposing solar because of the subsidy basis that drives it still to this day."
Source: Solar Industry Mag