Fossil fuel companies are already feeling the sting of the
exponential growth of solar power,
doubling every couple of years, up 400% since 2010.
Some of them are counter-attacking by trying to impose
a surtax on solar power.
The Editorial Board of the New York Times wrote 26 April 2014,
The Koch Attack on Solar Energy,
At long last, the Koch brothers and their conservative allies in
state government have found a new tax they can support. Naturally
it’s a tax on something the country needs: solar energy panels.
David Horsey, Los Angeles Times, 23 April 2014
For the last few months, the Kochs and other big polluters have been
spending heavily to fight incentives for renewable energy, which
have been adopted by most states. They particularly dislike state
laws that allow homeowners with solar panels to sell power they
don’t need back to electric utilities. So they’ve been pushing
legislatures to impose a surtax on this increasingly popular
practice, hoping to make installing solar panels on houses less
Oklahoma lawmakers recently Continue reading The Koch Attack on Solar Energy
The fossil fuel industry has hijacked a perfectly good word
to cover their destructions.
Wendy Lynn Lee
wrote for The Wrench, 5 December 2013,
CADAVER COSMETICS: THE AESTHETICS OF “SUSTAINABILITY”,
The following is an excerpt from a forthcoming article, “Sustainable
Wasteland,” scheduled to be published in 2014—but more
importantly, it inaugurates a new series devoted to dismantling the
concept of “sustainability” as the greenwashing masquerade of an
industry that would convince us that “reclamation” means planting
grass and laying down straw where 100 year old trees used to stand,
that painting natural gas pipeline forest green is forest
restoration. I have coined the phrase cadaver cosmetics to signal
that what underlay the”landscape architecture” of the fracking
industry’s notion of “sustainability” is nothing but powder on the
face of a corpse that was once an ecosystem.
Some refer to the effort to conceal a bad deal as if it were a good
one as “lipstick on a pig.” But in that case, we’re at least invited
to imagine Continue reading Reclamation means planting grass and laying down straw where 100 year old trees used to stand