NC’s solar goons accused of misleading GOP candidates, voters

The Washington Examiner has the story: 

Would you be more or less likely to vote for a congressional candidate in 2018 if that candidate supported expensive, inefficient, environmentally-hazardous wind farms in your community?

As a Nevada resident in a critical swing state, would you be more or less willing to vote for a congressional candidate who favors the installation of 400-foot-tall wind turbines that will block your view of the skyline, but leave the view from the candidate’s private home unobstructed?

Any polling company that included such highly skewed questions in a voter survey could expect to receive responses in line with their policy preferences on energy policy. That polling company could then put out a press release that says candidates who oppose “clean energy” stand to gain politically.

These questions can also be asked from the opposite direction to produce a coerced outcome that says candidates who embrace so-called “clean energy” stand to gain politically in next year’s mid-term congressional elections.

That’s what an organization known as ClearPath Action, with offices in Washington, D.C., and Charlotte, did earlier this fall when it published the results of a survey that detected a significant swing toward “pro-clean energy GOP candidates,” according to the release.

These are some of the folks who have bought a majority on Raleigh’s Jones Street and trained them to JUMP when they say JUMP.

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[…] While it may or may not be the case that support for “clean energy” will benefit Republicans politically, the polling results are highly suspect, and if news coverage of the polling were honest, it would say so.

Jay Faison, a North Carolina businessman, founded the ClearPath Foundation and the ClearPath Action Fund in 2015 for the purpose of convincing conservatives and Republicans to embrace clean energy.

“Energy drives everything that we do and for the longest time, the left has owned that debate,” ClearPath declares on its website. “It’s time for us to take that back. It’s time for a conservative clean energy agenda.”

In the 2016 election cycle, ClearPath Action allocated more than $3 million to support 15 Republican congressional candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. An investigator for the center estimates that individual donations from the Faison family came out to about $5.3 million.

With the House potentially up for grabs next year, ClearPath appears poised to burrow in where individual races are competitive. If the self-described “conservative clean energy” group can convince even a handful of Republicans in the House and Senate to embrace its agenda, ClearPath could begin to exert real influence. That’s clearly the overarching purpose of the poll, which found “more than a 25-point ballot movement statewide in Nevada, Michigan and Arizona” for Republicans who embrace clean energy.

But look at how the questions are framed. Respondents are asked if they are more or less likely to vote for a candidate based on the following:

“A Republican candidate for Congress who supports accelerating the clean energy industry to bring more jobs into their district; stimulating the economy, boosting manufacturing, and expanding middle class job opportunities at home.”

“A Republican candidate for Congress who is concerned about the continuing decline of middle class jobs. When thinking about the jobs of the future, they think it’s critical to invest in clean energy jobs now so that the next generation will inherit a secure economy.”

“A Republican candidate for Congress who believes we should do more to invest in clean energy here in America and reduce our county’s dependence on foreign oil from hostile states in the Middle East. Our ability to avoid future wars will depend on our ability to be energy dominant.”

And how about some rainbows and sunshine to go with that clean energy? The questions presume that so-called “clean energy” is economically feasible, financially beneficial and environmentally sound. In reality, there is a growing body of evidence with regard to windand solar that says otherwise.

Moreover, taxpayers have been footing the bill for government subsidies to pay for wind and solar energy initiatives that cannot stand on their own two feet. The Institute for Energy Research, a Washington-based nonprofit group that favors free market solutions for energy policy, has carefully analyzed government figures that show taxpayers have shelled out tens of billions of dollars to support unworkable green energy schemes.

I sent an email to the media contact for ClearPath asking the organization if it would like to defend its survey methodology and explain why its questions failed to acknowledge the economic and environmental problems associated with not-so-clean “clean energy” sources. I received no response.

In Searchlight, Nev., citizen activists and conservation groups successfully joined forces in litigation against the federal government to block an 87-turbine, 200-megawatt wind farm in the hometown of former Sen. Harry Reid. Local residents balked when finalized plans removed turbines from anywhere near Reid’s property while placing them in close proximity to their rural neighborhoods. The lesson here is that when the fallout from government-backed green energy schemes is properly understood, average citizens respond.

That’s what IER and the American Conservative Union found in their just released nationwide survey.  

When asked about their opinion on a proposed tax on carbon dioxide, 44 percent of respondents said they were opposed while 39 percent said they were supportive. But what’s even more revealing is that 74 percent of respondents said they would not trust the government to “wisely” spend the money from the tax.

A broad cross section of Americans from “all ideological stripes and all demographic characteristics remain profoundly skeptical of the ability of government to do anything meaningfully and well,” IER said in a press release.

8 comments for “NC’s solar goons accused of misleading GOP candidates, voters

  1. Browny Douglas
    October 19, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Got my attention. I have seen maps and figures that show N C already has in place the equal of renewable energy sites of 46 other states combined!!!! Since 78 under Jimmy Carter, this mess has been brewing. The pot is now boiling over. “Something smells good in Stinkville” I believe and would bet the source is green.

    Browny Douglas

  2. john steed
    October 19, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Jay Faison is just a wannabee George Soros posing as a Republican. Anyone he supports, I would NOT vote for, period.

  3. October 20, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I’ll say it again. Let’s go with reliable, rather than so-called renewable. Not one penny of taxpayer funding should go to any of it.

  4. October 25, 2017 at 9:00 am

    It’s unfortunate that political tactics have now stooped to the level of outright deception regarding the political party being represented. There is absolutely nothing conservative in the energy position of “Conservative Clear Energy” plans of ClearPath Action.

    A true Conservative organization would be advocating for an energy policy based on “All of the Sensible” — not the unscientific progressive’s mantra of “All of the Above.”

    • GUWonder
      October 25, 2017 at 3:12 pm

      John – The NC Republican platform calls for ending the renewable mandate and for following the principles of free enterprise in energy policy. One wonders why the nominally Republican “leadership” of both houses of the legislature is fighting so hard AGAINST Republican policy for FOR Obama policies. Does that sound like our legislative leadership is loyal to the party or not?

  5. Browny Douglas
    October 25, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Ditto, John Droz My home State of N C is a victim of the $Bully$. Same as with fisheries management. Why is it so hard to do the right and sensible? $$$$$ and or sometime a false promise of votes are two big reasons. Ask Pat McCrory about his panic appointments on Nov 2 2016.

    Browny Douglas

  6. Browny Douglas
    October 25, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    That would be appointments to the Coastal CONservation. Association. The tap root of the N C Sound Economy.

    Browny Douglas

  7. Browny Douglas
    October 26, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    That is to say the Marine Fisheries Commission has through time, politically morphed into the CCA. Wrong has trumped right, so far. Fresh NC seafood my very well be a cloud in ones coffee after next year’s short session.
    I think it was in 13 that Chuck Laughridge at a meeting in Raleigh almost verbatim said that fisheries management was no longer about science but rather the economy. Fast forward, the CCA being the tap root has a blooming flower they call NC Sound Economy.
    Allowing the oldest food producing industry in NC to be ruled and regulated out of existence is not sensible. I hope the NC G A correctly agrees.

    Browny Douglas

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