This nation is becoming an oligarchy of the lawyers, unaccountable and despotic judges, administrators, bureaucrats and regulators, a government by the lawyers, unaccountable and despotic judges, administrators, bureaucrats and regulators, and for the lawyers, unaccountable and despotic judges, administrators, bureaucrats and regulators. Un-checked, they will destroy our liberty and our cherished freedoms.
Motivated by a desire to reduce carbon emissions, 29 states have required utility companies to deliver specified minimum amounts of electricity from “renewable” sources. Proponents of the renewable portfolio standards say that the mandated restrictions will reduce harmful emissions and spur job growth, by stimulating investment in green technologies. But this patchwork of state rules—which now affects the electricity bills of about two-thirds of the United States population as well as countless businesses and industrial users—has sprung up in recent years without the benefit of the states fully calculating their costs. There is growing evidence that the costs may be too high—that the price tag for purchasing renewable energy, and for building new transmission lines to deliver it, may not only outweigh any environmental benefits but may also be detrimental to the economy, costing jobs rather than adding them.