Solar Power Boss to Announce "A Solar Bill of Rights"

Solar Power Boss to Announce "A Solar Bill of Rights"
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It has always baffled me as to why the renewable energy industry has never really pushed back on the fossil fuel sector’s major lobby and misinformation efforts; but by the looks of a speech to be delivered tomorrow by the head of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the gloves are finally coming off.

In an advanced copy of his speech (obtained by yours truly) to be given tomorrow morning to the Solar Power International Conference in Anaheim, California, the CEO and President of the SEIA, Rohne Resch will call for a “solar bill of rights.”

All we seek is the freedom to compete, and all consumers want is the freedom to choose their energy source.  Instead, the full promise of solar power is being restrained by the tyranny of policies that protect our competitors, subsidize wealthy polluters and disadvantage green entrepreneurs.

And Americans know better than anyone else in the world that there’s only one way to overcome tyranny—by declaring our rights and fighting for them with a united and determined voice. 

That is why, today, SEIA is asking you to enlist in the fight to secure a policy environment that allows solar to compete and empowers consumers to choose.

So let’s make today solar’s Fourth of July —the day we declare our independence from policies that prevent greater use of solar energy which Americans so urgently need. 

Today, we’re declaring a Solar Bill of Rights.

The clean energy sector fights an unfair battle against the artificially cheap electricity produced from dirty fuels like coal. A recent report by the Environmental Law Institute found that the fossil fuel sector receives about $70 billion fro taxpayers in the form of subsidies every year, the renewable sector gets only about $12 billion.

Next time you hear a coal executive or one of his lobbyist tell you that coal is cheap and solar remains too expensive, remember that renewables have been forced to compete on an unfair playing field. One of the reasons for this unfair playing field has been that the clean energy sector has never been too good at playing hardball, while the coal and oil companies can play Congress with their eyes closed.

It’s good to see Resche and the SEIA stepping up to the plate because as Reshce wil rightly tell the crowd tomorrow, “the solar industry differs from our competitors not in status but in substance.  We are an industry in ascent; they are sectors in decline.  Our source is clean and limitless; theirs are toxic and scarce.”

Photo courtesy of James Jordan.

Solar Power Boss to Announce "A Solar Bill of Rights"

Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmogBlog.

He runs the digital marketing agency Spake Media House. Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning.

Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks.

Kevin is the first person to be designated a “Certified Expert” on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder.

Prior to DeSmogBlog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health.

In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groundbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications.

Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

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