Another one bites the dust!
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced this week it is leaving the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
The organization says:
“ALEC adopted a stance that intends to take us backwards. The fact is, Americans overwhelmingly support the growth of the solar energy industry and ALEC is clearly out of touch with the way Americans feel. We have not renewed our membership to ALEC and we will work with state legislators to push back on these efforts."
SEIA is a national trade association that researches, manufactures, distributes, finances and builds solar projects domestically and abroad.
Last week, Bank of America, one of the largest banks in the country, kicked ALEC to the curb. These companies join an ever- growing list that includes: General Electric, Western Union, Sprint Nextel, Symantec, Reckitt Benckise, Amgen, General Motors, Walgreens, Hewlett-Packard, CVS Caremark, Deere & Co., Miller, Coors, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Kaplan, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Mars, Inc., Intuit, Proctor & Gamble, Reed Elsevier, America Traffic Solutions, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, Amgen Inc. , Entergy Corporation, Arizona Public Services and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Also, read Selling Snake Oil to the States: The American Legislative Exchange Council’s Flawed Prescription for Prosperity – released by Good Jobs First and the Iowa Policy Project (IPP) – which finds that states that are rated higher on ALEC’s Economic Outlook Ranking in 2007 – have been doing worse economically in the following years – while the less a state conformed with ALEC policies the better off it was.