So I’m sitting on my couch with my wife, watching the morning weather forecast and enjoying my coffee, when this … thing comes across my TV during a commercial break:
This is the third of fourth morning in a row that I’ve had my quiet time with my beloved spoiled with an ad that is dishonest, overblown and ridiculous (I’ve already spoken about this cooked up Solyndra scandal on a couple of occasions and criticized anyone who uses Solyndra as a metaphor for the entire solar industry.
I live in South Euclid, Ohio. Keep this in mind: The Ohio primary is not until March 6. Let me repeat that date: March 6. So we have two months left before the primary, and I’ll be looking at this ad for the next two months. If I hadn’t just upgraded my TV, I have no doubt I would have put a brick through it by now.
The ad doesn’t come out and say Solyndra was a solar company, but the ad does start off by saying, “We all know about Solyndra.” But what most people know is the product of lies and distortions just like the ones perpetrated in this ad. The longer this ad runs, the more potential damage it will do to the solar industry as a whole.
I’m beginning to sound like a broken record, but this is not a fight that the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) can fight on its own (although they’re doing a pretty good job — make use of their explanation of the “scandal” to explain it to your customers — it’s the fourth PDF down). It’s time to call your representatives in Congress and explain that the industry has created 100,000 jobs in the past few years and that it’s still poised to grow even further — and is not indicative of the health of the industry as a whole. If we don’t defend the industry, no one will. The future of the industry remains in your hands.
(A little side note about the organization that is funding this ad and others like it: Americans for Propserity, which thanks to the Citizens United Supreme Court decision does not have to disclose its funders), is funded in part by the Koch brothers. Who are the Koch brothers? They are the owners of Koch Industries, which started off as a crude oil refiner. Safe to say they have a vested interest in keeping renewable energies like solar from taking hold. I’m just sayin’…).