President Obama called out the Koch brothers on Monday for their opposition to solar energy.
During a speech at an industry summit on clean energy in Las Vegas, Obama spoke to the growth in solar power and acknowledged that it “has some big fossil fuel interests pretty nervous," USA Today reported.
“Now, it's one thing if you're consistent in being free market," he said. "It's another thing when you're free market until it's solar that's working and people want to buy and suddenly you're not for it any more."
For the first time ever in a climate-related speech, President Obama called out Charles and David Koch by name — slamming them for their efforts to fight clean energy mandates in a number of states.
“When you start seeing massive lobbying efforts backed by fossil fuel interests, or conservative think tanks, or the Koch brothers pushing for new laws to roll back renewable energy standards, or to prevent new clean energy businesses from succeeding, that's a problem,” he said.
“That's not the American way," he added. "That's not progress. That's not innovation. That's rent seeking. That's standing in the way of progress.”
While he admitted that issues such as paying for power transmission still needed to be worked out, Obama noted that the growth in solar energy use is being embraced by some Tea Party leaders and compared the rapid boom to “evolving from the telegraph to the smartphone in less than a decade."
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