2013-12-05 from Sarah Lazare from "Common Dreams" [www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/05-2]:
American Legislative Exchange Council's war on green protections is
poised to expand over the next year, taking aim at the Environmental
Protection Agency, state regulations, and even solar panels installed in
This is according to internal documents
revealed Wednesday by The Guardian and supplemented by interviews that
expose this corporate lobbying powerhouse's vast anti-green agenda [http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/842268-alec-2013-annual-meeting-policy-report.html].
revelations come in the midst of a three-day ALEC policy summit in
Washington, DC bringing together 800 legislative and corporate leaders
from around the country.
In 2014, ALEC will push a series of
measures aimed at preventing the federal government from curbing
greenhouse gas emissions and blocking state efforts to expand wind and
solar power, according to The Guardian's summary of the documents [http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/04/alec-freerider-homeowners-assault-clean-energy].
Eick, the legislative analyst for ALEC's energy, environment and
agriculture program, told The Guardian that ALEC will also advocate for
increasing financial penalties for individual homeowners who would
otherwise benefit from feed-in solar energy programs. Many sustainable
energy advocates see state-level feed-in schemes—like the one that
recently came under attack in Arizona—as one of the keys to a national
transition to clean, renewable energy.
ALEC also notes that its
resolution in support of the Keystone XL pipeline has "been introduced
in at least seven states this year which has helped highlight state
support for this project."
In 2013 alone, ALEC introduced at least 77 anti-green bills in 34 states, according to The Center for Media and Democracy [http://www.prwatch.org/news/2013/08/12193/dirty-hands-77-alec-bills-2013-advance-big-oil-big-ag-agenda].
Connor Gibson, a research associate at Greenpeace, explained to CMD:
"ALEC's long time role in denying the science and policy solutions to
climate change is shifting into an evolving roadblock on state and
federal clean energy incentives, a necessary part of global warming
"ALEC's guise of 'free market environmentalism,'"
Gibson continued, "is just a code word for its real mission in our
states' legislatures: to allow dirty energy companies to pollute as much
as they want, to attack incentives for clean energy competitors and to
secure government handouts to oil, gas and coal interests. That's not a
An excerpt from the documents, boasting of past accomplishments, can be seen below.