From the John Locke Foundation…
Supporters of keeping costly mandates and subsidies for the solar industry in North Carolina are having to make a very strange argument. Essentially, they have to hail the solar industry as a North Carolina success story while simultaneously arguing that removing all the artificial state-mandated props would completely destroy it. Solar is the epitome of the Unsustainable Sustainable Energy Source.
It’s a bit like saying Zacchaeus was actually a very, very tall man, but in discussing his stature you absolutely must include the height of the sycamore tree. (Incidentally, prior to his famous encounter, Zacchaeus subsided off ill-gotten tax revenues.)
Consider this weekend’s big story in The News & Observer, under the heading “Possible tax credit repeal could threaten N.C. solar.” This strange rhetorical dance was on full display there. Here are quotations from the article: