A trio of South Carolina politicos will help lead a national conference on solar power in Washington, D.C. later this month – the latest national attention received by the Palmetto State on this issue.
The gathering is sponsored by Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES), which according to its website advocates for “cleaner, more affordable energy that reduces emissions, increases job creation, supports domestic manufacturing, and preserves the environment.”
According to organizers, the forum will “discuss both the technologies and policies needed to reduce emissions and maintain a comparative advantage in clean energy.”
“The goal of the discussion is to identify state and federal solutions that are market-based, actionable and will empower individuals and businesses to choose clean energy and make informed decisions that result in near-term emissions reductions,” they noted.
The keynote speaker for this event is U.S. congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida, however three Palmetto politicos – state senator Tom Davis, former S.C. Republican party chairman Matt Moore and state representative Nathan Ballentine – will participate in a panel discussion about the passage of South Carolina’s latest solar law.
As we noted last week in discussing this law, we continue to have real concerns as to whether the policies contained therein actually constitute “market-based” solutions – or are simply labeled as such.
“Market-based reform does not involve government setting artificially inflated rates for rooftop solar and industrial solar farms,” we wrote.
In fact we believe this bill successfully traded on Davis’ long-established laurels when it comes to fighting for freedom and free markets in South Carolina – benefiting from his preexisting credibility on these twin pillars.
Nonetheless, it is nice to see South Carolinians at the forefront of important national policy discussions like this … and we have no doubt Davis, Moore and Ballentine will represent our state capably.
Furthermore, while we may not always agree with them on matters of public policy, our microphone is always open to them (and anyone) on this – or any other issue.
In fact, Davis took us up on that offer just last month …
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