At long last, the Koch brothers and their conservative allies in state government have found a new tax they can support. Naturally it’s a tax on something the country needs: solar energy panels.
For the last few months, the Kochs and other big polluters have been spending heavily to fight incentives for renewable energy, which have been adopted by most states. They particularly dislike state laws that allow homeowners with solar panels to sell power they don’t need back to electric utilities. So they’ve been pushing legislatures to impose a surtax on this increasingly popular practice, hoping to make installing solar panels on houses less attractive.
Even their non-political philanthropy comes with all kinds of strings attached - strings that either burnish their egos or "educate" students and politicians in policies that just happen to personally benefit the Kochs.
I'm hard-pressed to think of any more pernicious force in American politics and culture than these two creatures. I am glad public figures are finally turning over the rocks that these guys live under to expose their activities to public view.