Wind Industry Thugs Sue for Subsidies: NextEra’s Reign of Legal Terror Escalates – STOP THESE THINGS

Having lost the battle for hearts and minds, the wind industry is revealing its true character: a rabid wolf in sheep’s clothing; or, perhaps, an axe-weilding psychopath masquerading as a sma……

Big ‘Green’ and Mean: A Wind-Energy Giant Attacks Small-Town America
National Review
Robert Bryce
2 May 2017

The world’s biggest wind-energy company has filed lawsuits against five rural governments because they stand between it and millions in tax subsidies. NextEra Energy, which bills itself on its website as “the world’s largest generator of renewable energy,” is suing a tiny municipality in one of Oklahoma’s poorest counties.

In mid February, NextEra, which operates 110 wind projects in 20 states, filed lawsuits in both state and federal court against the town of Hinton, population: 3,200. Why is the wind giant suing the Caddo County town? Simple: Hinton stands between NextEra and nearly $18 million per year in federal tax subsidies.

NextEra isn’t suing only Hinton. Since last October, the wind giant has filed lawsuits against five rural governments from Oklahoma to Michigan, all of which have imposed limits on wind-turbine development. The company has also filed a libel suit against Esther Wrightman, a Canadian activist who opposed a project NextEra wanted to build in Kerwood, Ontario. Wrightman’s offense? She called the company “NexTerror” and “NextError” on her website, ontario-wind-resistance.org. That libel suit, filed four years ago, is still pending.

To be certain, the oil and gas industry has filed lawsuits against local governments that have sought limits on hydraulic fracturing. The difference is that NextEra is using taxpayers’ money to fund its courthouse mugging of small-town America.

Source: Wind Industry Thugs Sue for Subsidies: NextEra’s Reign of Legal Terror Escalates – STOP THESE THINGS

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