Sunlight tax a bad proposal

Read the full story in The Courier.

A tax on sunlight would not have sat well with our great leaders of the past. Consider President Teddy Roosevelt, who went after trusts and monopolies because he knew they used their huge size to strangle other businesses.

Over a century later, Iowa could use that kind of leadership. Monopoly electric companies are attempting to strangle small businesses. They are given monopoly status — and guaranteed profits — because of the public benefit of efficiencies in the large-scale production and distribution of power.

In exchange, Iowans are protected against abuse of that power because utilities are regulated by a state agency, the Iowa Utilities Board.

Utilities now are attacking that check on their power by going directly to the Legislature to kill small-scale competitors — small solar energy generators — that not only do not threaten them, but help the utilities.

 

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