Conservative News & Commentary

Nov 5, 2011 — by: P. Henry
Categories: Economics, Government

We've all been preached the benefits of solar power: it's green, there's no pollution, it's safe, it's easy, it's affordable, it's.... wait a second. What were those last two? It's easy and it's affordable? Really? How can that be? One would think if solar power was both easy and affordable then we wouldn't need government programs to subsidize the cost of the equipment or the installation. Government gets involved when the cost is too high and the product too difficult. The government "gift" is to ease the pain and make the decision financially workable.

Two questions arise from this line of thinking. First, is this the role of government? By subsidizing solar, government is spending money on this that can't be used for something else. For example, instead of subsidizing solar panels, couldn't they be building fish ladders and improving dams along the Klamath to be more efficient? Government is picking winners and losers in the power industry. Again, is that government's role? Second, where does government get this money? They have three options: they can borrow it, they can take it from the citizens and for the Federal Government, they can print it. For the most part government extracts money from its citizens through taxation. Now let's put these facts together with solar power and how it amounts to citizen sanctioned theft.

If you wanted to install a solar array, you would be offered a Federal and State subsidy to do so. It will cover about half the cost of the solar array and installation. By definition this money is coming from your fellow citizens (taxation) or your children's generation (borrowing). When your solar setup is generating electricity the power company will pay you five times the going rate for that power. What? How can they do that? The power company has worked with the Public Utility Commission to raise power rates on everyone, so the power company can over pay (by 5x) those who put in solar panels. This is really a form of taxation: the power company is collecting extra revenue from all so that a few can "afford" solar power. Because this a government sanctioned activity it really is a hidden tax, but the collector isn't the Oregon Department of Revenue or the IRS. Instead the taxman is the power company.

To boil this down to simple terms, when you drive by and see a solar array that has been subsidized by the government and is being subsidized by the power company, remember, that you paid for that array, but don't get any benefit. Your neighbor's conscious has been eased by bribes and laziness to not realize they are stealing from all of us. If solar were such a good deal, no subsidies would ever be needed. But it's not a good deal, so the government has given the authority to the power company to overcharge us all to make it "affordable" for a few. This is an awful thing the government has become. Government actions like this are causing our nation, and also our souls, to slowly slide into the abyss. Time to stand up.

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