‘They are seizing the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to slip failed green policies into legislation…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) As the Trump administration scrambles to implement an economy-saving stimulus package amid the coronavirus pandemic, congressional Democrats are taking advantage.
According to a non-profit energy watchdog, chief among the Left-allied special interest groups lining their pockets from the emergency is the so-called Green Lobby.
The American Energy Alliance warned Wednesday that House and Senate Democrats are sliding unrelated renewable energy tax credits and Green New Deal policies into the ballooning $1.2 trillion stimulus package that’s meant to stabilize public health, jobs and the economy.
“They are seizing the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to slip failed green policies into legislation designed to protect the American economy and stop the spread of this deadly virus,” said AEA president Thomas Pyle.
“The proposed inclusion of seven expired renewable energy tax credits will do nothing to stimulate the economy or help anyone’s general health, and will only line the pockets of renewable energy companies, the wind and solar lobby, General Motors and Tesla,” Pyle added.
The tax credits shift a significant portion of expensive electric vehicle purchases onto all taxpayers, subsidize wind energy and investment in solar and other “green” technologies, and provide taxpayer-funded incentives for energy storage.
But studies have shown that renewable energy is not only a taxpayer money pit with limited results, but in practice it’s often environmentally damaging.
The Democratic-led House Sustainable Energy and Environment Coalition and Senators Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., are leading the charge. Markey and Whitehouse also want to tie aid for near-bankrupt airlines to Green New Deal emissions policies.
“For industries that claim they no longer need the support of the government, we continue to see them try and capitalize on the suffering of everyday Americans in their pursuit of a seemingly never-ending stream of government handouts,” said Pyle.
The AEA points to the financial crisis of 2009, as evidence that Democrats have consistently disasters to prop-up the renewable energy industry and its various sub-groups with taxpayer-funded pork.
“The Democratic leadership should immediately admonish those in their party who are attempting to use this crisis to reward their green cronies. It is the height of irresponsibility,” Pyle said.