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Heritage Foundation: It's Bad if the Government "Intervenes," Unless It's Taxpayer-Funded Welfare to Their Funders

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Why are we not surprised at this?

The political arm of the Heritage Foundation, the conservative group that’s influential among Republicans, is urging lawmakers to reject bipartisan energy efficiency legislation that the Senate resumed debating Wednesday.


“Like most government-initiated efficiency programs, this one is fatally flawed because it is based on the idea that businesses and families will act irrationally unless the government intervenes,” Heritage Action for America said Wednesday.

Of course, this is a group that's received over $4.5 million from the Koch brothers between 1997 and 2011, plus much more from other fossil fuel interests. No wonder why Heritage "avidly supports federal approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would greatly increase tar sands imports from Canada and directly benefit Koch Industries and other major oil companies as a result." Also no wonder why they've "misinterpreted the impacts of global warming on the US economy; twisted news reports to justify claims about 'climate taxes'; issued deceptive economic analyses and presentations; and released allegations about economic ruin and job losses from green stimulus investments by Congress."

Meanwhile, Heritage's "reasoning" in opposing energy efficiency improvements is completely illogical and internally self contradictory. After all, if this group truly believes that government should never intervene in the marketplace (e.g., by providing taxpayer-funded subsidies to select industries) , then how come they don't make the case for ending corporate welfare to their fossil fuel donors? After all, federal subsidies to fossil fuels have amounted to nearly $600 billion over the past 60 years. Yet the Heritage Foundation  doesn't utter a word of protest against that government interference in the marketplace. Apparently, it's ok if government tilts the playing field to the advantage of the fossil fuel companies, which (just coincidentally, we're sure!) happen to fund the Heritage Foundation. It's fascinating how this works, isn't it?