U.S. President Barack Obama was in Las Vegas, Nevada on the evening of August 24 for a green energy conference. He took the opportunity to call out his energy policy critics, mainly the Koch brothers, accusing them of denying access to alternative energy sources for consumers.
He singled out the billionaire industrialist brothers, David and Charles, as they are major sponsors to the Republican candidates. He blamed them of being inconsistent in their ideologies, saying that they were “conservative think tanks” who targeted free-of-cost market solutions excluding those involving renewable energy.
“Now, it’s one thing if you’re consistent in being free market,” said Obama. “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 anymore.”
The yearly energy convention was headed by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who also frequently takes shots at the Koch siblings. His speeches highlight them as selfish oil tycoons who pay lump sums to try and buy out elections in an attempt to put forth their agenda of lesser taxes and regulations, all at the cost of average American citizens.
Meanwhile, Obama also used this event to declare new executive plans and efforts aimed towards easier provision of green energy to businesses and homeowners. These plans include the use of energy enhancing loans, which are drawn to build on clean power plan laws and to cut down on emission of carbon dioxide by as much as a third.
However, Rob Bishop, Utah’s Republican Representative and chair of House Committee on Natural Resources, responded in rebuttal, claiming that Obama’s policies were increasing costs and decreasing choices, mainly for disadvantaged communities.
“Obama renews attack on fossil fuels, Koch brothers at Nevada clean energy event,” FOX News web site, August 25, 2015; http://goo.gl/YDaZDq.