This is another reason why Duke Energy leaves itself wide open to criticism for supporting ALEC. Already, Duke ignored 150,000 people nationwide asking it to dump ALEC for suppressing voters and attacking climate and clean energy policies it claims to support. The RPS battle in the North Carolina legislature, led by former Duke engineer and ALEC member Rep. Mike Hager, is another new example.]
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The opposition to RPS--those supporting this corporate bill--is coordinated. Hager, who was a Duke Energy employee, is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC produced the "Electricity Freedom Act" model bill that Rep. Hager introduced. The text was written by climate change deniers out of Chicago's Heartland Institute. Heartland (and Duke and many others) are private sector members of ALEC.
ALEC & Heartland, as well as John Locke Foundation, Americans for Prosperity, Civitas Institute, and others from inside and outside NC are all coordinated under the umbrella of the State Policy Network. A report on State Policy Network came out today:
I've written about these State Policy Network groups attacking RPS laws in NC, KS and other states:
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