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Beware the “Renewable Energy Standard” Gimmick

Recorded on May 23, 2012

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Some state and federal lawmakers are pushing a law to increase your energy bills.

It's called a Clean Energy Standard, sometimes a Renewable Energy Standard. It requires electric utilities to use a certain level of so-called “clean” or “green” energy to generate power. For example, saying that 25% of electricity must come from green sources by the year 2025.

It's like requiring drivers to fill at least a fourth of their tank with gasoline that costs twice as much per gallon, or even more.

These laws are made to sound environmentally friendly, while the cost to you gets ignored. But when utilities switch from affordable sources like fossil fuel to expensive sources like wind or solar, your electric bills go up.

Studies prove these laws do almost nothing about global warming. But they should get you hot under the collar.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.