Chris Hayes interviews Debbie Dooley of Tea Party Patriots whose group is butting up against the Koch Brothers themselves in order to pressure Georgia’s largest utility provider to expand its use of solar energy, “as a matter of free market choice.”
Georgia Tea Party Patriots co-Founder Debbie Dooley says, “We believe this giant utility monopoly deserves some competition, and consumers deserve a choice. It’s just that simple.”
The AJC reported:
Americans for Prosperity emailed its 50,000 Georgia members urging them to oppose requiring more solar. It argues that unless its members take action their bills could increase 40 percent.
According to the Florida Times Union:
Virginia Galloway, Americans for Prosperity’s state director and one of the earliest organizers of the anti-tax rallies in 2009 that spawned the tea-party movement, says renewable-energy mandates in other states led to 40-percent higher electricity costs.
“It’s like saying you have to buy groceries this week and you have to buy a certain amount from Whole Foods … and I can get everything at Publix less expensively,” she said.
Disagreement between the two groups isn’t unusual. Dooley says Galloway is using outdated figures and that solar panel prices have dropped by more than half in the last three years. She also accuses Galloway of being swayed by the fossil fuel interests that contribute to Americans for Prosperity nationally.
Galloway counters that she doesn’t know the concerns of 100,000 donors and that no one with the national organization instructed which stance she should take. Galloway said she made up her own mind recently and ever since has gotten support from conservatives who wanted someone to publicly oppose a solar requirement.
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