Saturday, March 23rd, 2019

Conservative push for solar is backed by usual green advocates

File photo of Stephen A. Smith speaks at a news conference in TallahasseeBy Nichola Groom and Richard Valdmanis LOS ANGELES/BOSTON (Reuters) – When Debbie Dooley, a Tea Party firebrand from Woodstock Georgia, makes the case for solar power, she doesn't rely on the usual environmental talking points. Former Republican Congressman Barry Goldwater, Jr. casts his support for solar energy as a conservative stance against monopoly power utilities that "want to limit energy choice."  Dooley and Goldwater, along with the right-leaning pro-solar groups they founded, have been widely hailed in media reports as proof that conservatives are beginning to embrace renewable energy. But public records and interviews show the groups’ support among conservative donors is thin, and the money behind them comes almost entirely from liberal-leaning environmental groups and the solar industry itself.

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