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ALEC Free Markets Myth Debunked, But ALEC Won't Comment

Asked on camera to explain how ALEC's work against clean energy incentives while ignoring fossil fuel subsidies fits its "free markets" mission, ALEC had "no comment" for Greenpeace.

The American Legislative Exchange Council doesn't like clean energy. And ALEC doesn't care about free markets.

But like most of its operations, ALEC won't talk about these realities in an open way. I tried at ALEC's recent Annual Meeting in Dallas, Texas, but ALEC staffer John Eick stood by his organization's reputation for secrecy and deflected my questions.

The question I posed references a debacle within ALEC's Energy, Environment & Agriculture task force meeting, of which Mr. Eick is the director. Wisconsin state Representative Chris Taylor was in the meeting--not as a politician carrying water for coal and oil companies, but as someone using her credentials to provide the transparency that ALEC won't. Writing for The Progressive, Rep. Taylor illustrated a rare debate within the ALEC task force that has made a mission of attacking clean energy incentives and taxing homeowners who put solar panels on their roofs.

ALEC's John Eick has referred to such self-sufficient homeowners as "freeriders."

Despite his suggestion that I arrange an interview at the appropriate time by sending an email, I have not heard back from Mr. Eick after repeated request for an interview.

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