Wednesday, April 2, 2008

What Am I Missing?

David Freddoso:

Meanwhile, the largest turbine manufacturer is...General Electric, and by a mile. They now own half the market for turbines, and nearly half of generating capacity.

So don't be surprised when you see GE lobbying for carbon-cap legislation that would effectively subsidize wind-power (even where it is already profitable). Green is also the color of money.

I don't want to put myself in the position of defending GE, of all things. But what exactly is the message here? David imagines that GE might, at some future time, begin lobbying in its own interest? Isn't that something which Republicans, particularly economic libertarian types, are in favor of? I guess if you can associate the label "Green" with something, then it's, by definition, specifically evil, and we must be, even in the context of evidence-free imaginings of the future actions of putative allies, vigilantly guarding against it.

1 comment:

  1. The point is that conservatives believe in free markets, and they hope and expect businesses to do the same. Unfortunately, big business loves big government and believes in corporate socialism. Whenever government can give them a competitive advantage, a subsidy, or create barriers to entry to their businesses, big business lobbies for it, and they often do so under the guise of "corporate social responsibility" when all they're really doing is scamming the taxpayer.