Dear RINOs: Thanks for whoring yourselves out. XOXO — The Left

puckerLast week, a measure that would have knocked the solar energy industry off the taxpayer teat, and lowered consumer power bills, went down to defeat in committee by TWO VOTES.   It was a GOP-dominated committee.  Resistance to crony capitalism and taxpayer-funded alternative energy are important components of the Republican platform.  Yet, we have Republicans trying to preserve BOTH.sellout

Civitas has done some excellent work detailing a sordid, unseemly alliance between some GOP legislators, political consultants, lobbyists, and left-wingers to strengthen the solar energy industry’s relationship with North Carolina state government at our expense.

To add insult to injury, the folks behind killing that legislation in committee sent out a thank you note for keeping their taxpayer cash cow alive. So, who got thanked for screwing the taxpayers?  Here’s the Dirty Dozen, um, Sixteen (RINOs are in red) :

  • Rep. Carla Cunningham     
  •  Rep. Ed Hanes
  •  Rep. Sam Watford            
  • Rep. Kelly Alexander        
  • Rep. John Bradford           
  • Rep. Nelson Dollar            
  • Rep. Beverly Earle          
  • Rep. Duane Hall               
  • Rep. Pricey Harrison      
  • Rep. Kelly Hastings         
  • Rep. Ralph Johnson              
  • Rep. Paul Luebke                     
  • Rep. Chris Malone                 
  • Rep.  Graig Meyer        
  • Rep. Rodney Moore
  • Rep. Michael Wray

Again, the bill that would have knocked our electric bills down was defeated by TWO votes.   So, who is this Stan guy who signed the thank-you note? (No. Not this guy.):

Mr. Stan Battersby has over 30 years of experience in project and construction management with an emphasis in green building (LEED), solar thermal and passive solar design and systems installations. Mr. Battersby’s focus is developing utility projects with Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric as well as being Pristine’s secondary administrator of the Clarizen cloud-based project and construction management software.

Mr. Battersby has a history of vision, commitment and results in promoting renewable energy, energy conservation, and effectively building collaborative alliances. As an early-adopter and entrepreneur in the renewable energy industry, Stan founded and directed the growth of a 125 dealer network of biomass, solar and energy conservation products company. He was appointed to the Michigan Governor’s Energy Committee to establish Energy Fairs throughout the state. Stan contributed and promoted a business model for one of the first Waste to Energy to Food projects in the United States that incinerated solid waste, generating electricity and utilizing co-generation process to heat 5 acres of green houses growing hydroponic produce.big spender

He negotiated and secured both the contract with waste haulers for the Resource Recovery Plant and a $2.9 million dollar per year contract with a Fortune 500 corporation for 3.6 million pounds of produce annually. In addition, Stan established a regional distributing company with a focus on energy efficient structure systems and zero energy construction in the residential and commercial markets. Stan brings to Pristine Sun a unique skill set and experience base focused on renewable energy innovation, application, and business.

I thought this money was about creating jobs for North Carolinians.  THIS GUY appears to be FROM MICHIGAN and working for TWO California companies.  And sucking up a lot of North Carolina taxpayer money.  (The phone numbers in his email have area codes that are NOT found in North Carolina.)

It appears that he’s got at least FIFTEEN legislators from North Carolina working for HIM. 


12 thoughts on “Dear RINOs: Thanks for whoring yourselves out. XOXO — The Left

  1. What are you conservatives going to do? Target our five green friends for primary defeat? Have your Koch buddies carpet bomb their districts with information to let their constituents know what our Al Gore Republican friends did to them?

    Our five green Al Gore Republicans threw the principles they ran on and the principles set out in the state Republican platform under the bus, and that is great. They saved polar bears, and put a lot of money in the pockets of friends of our movement. Don’t get your panties in a wad over the fact that this money comes out of the pockets of electric ratepayers. Who cares about those peons? And that subsidy money that could have gone to roads and schools? It is much better that those millions go to friends of polar bears and the hard core environmental movement who are in the green energy biz.

    We also must not forget the two Al Gore Republican consultants who were instrumental in our success – Dee Stewart and Paul Shumaker..

    Even if outraged GOP voters toss these five Al Gore Republicans out in the next primary, we will still love them.

  2. “Resistance to crony capitalism and taxpayer-funded alternative energy are important components of the Republican platform.”
    Yet that is not explicitly mentioned in the NCGOP Platform ( )
    There, under “The Environment” it states; “We support energy security and energy independence. A comprehensive energy policy includes offshore and on-shore oil and natural gas, nuclear power, coal, solar, wind and alternative fuels that do not adversely impact the food supply. We support efforts to develop oil and natural gas through safe, clean, hydraulic fracturing.”
    I don’t see any mention of “taxpayer-funded alternative energy”.
    Coal, Oil, gas, and nuclear have been subsidized for many decades. Throwing a bone to renewable resources is the least we can do to start to firm up a more reliable and sustainable energy future.

    1. Can’t you lefties read? Or is your side just used to taking things out of context? Or did you get a redacted version from Shumaker or Stewart?

      Read on two sentences where the NCGOP platform says ”We call for the repeal of the national ethanol mandate . . . and the state renewable energy mandate”.

      1. I provided the link to the document I was working from. I do not see what you refer to in that document.

        1. You would find it if you were working from the current Platform instead of a version a year out of date. The sentence in question was added from the floor by overwhelming voice vote at the convention in Cherokee, NC.

          Did Stewart or Shumaker give you that outdated link?

          1. I don’t know Stewart or Shumaker and have NO contact with them. I searched for the platform and found the one I linked to. In fact that is the main reason I provided the link so that one could see what I am drawing from.

          2. Funny. I wonder if someone is putting out an old platform to try to cover their tracks in this sordid business.

            If one goes to the NCGOP site, clicks on ”About” and then on ”Documents and Organization” the very first link that comes up at the top of the list is ”2014 Platform” which is the current one. Click on that and you will find the language.

            Your link is to the 2013 Platform.

      1. Yeah. It is a hole in the ground that leftwingers pour taxpayer and ratepayer money into in their worship of the global warming cult.

        1. We’ve all been paying to the dead dinosaur cult for decades. May as well throw a bone to a renewable resource as the better long term alternative.

          1. I have no problem with research to try to make renewable energy practical, but it is absurd to pay out corporate welfare to deploy technology that is not yet ready for prime time because 1) it is intermittent and there is no means to store electricity, and 2) the present technology produces wind and solar electricity that is a lot more expensive than other sources.

            There are renewable sources that do make sense like hydroelectric production, but wind and solar do not.

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