But Limbaugh is not just a cheerleader for fossil fuels. He is also an outpoken critic of renewable energy such as solar and wind power.
In this 2011 segment entitled "Green Energy Does Not Work," Limbaugh and a caller claimed the public was being misled by slick solar energy marketing:
RUSH: Yeah. Look, we're talking marketing terms here anyway. There is no such thing as "renewal," there's no such thing as "sustainable," there's no such thing as "clean," in terms of energy. Is there? You're an architect.
CALLER: Well, no, there isn't.
RUSH: What renews?
CALLER: Well, right.
RUSH: Maybe reverse osmosis with water. What renews?
CALLER: Well, supposedly sunlight just shines down and you collect the energy, but you gotta clean these panels. You know how your windshield gets dirty just sitting out in the road for a couple of days.
RUSH: Why does it take a $1 billion grant from the government to some company to be able to harness that? It doesn't work is the point.
Last year Limbaugh asserted that there was no solar energy industry:
"The problem with the Volt is just like all of Obama's green energy, there's no business there yet. There's no solar energy business yet. There's no wind energy yet. It's not there yet. But we can't have more oil."
A few months later Limbaugh said that, without subsidies, the solar industry wouldn't even exist:
"There is no solar business. It doesn't exist without subsidies."
But despite Limbaugh's efforts to scare their investors away, solar energy companies are inexplicably lining up to advertise on his program.
In the last week alone, at least 7 solar energy companies have run ads on the Rush Limbaugh Show--9 in the last month.
Fortunately for these companies, there are are plenty of facts readily available to counter Limbaugh's misinformation. Costs of solar energy have plunged over the last 40 years:
A study published in Forbes last year said that the cost of solar energy is expected to continue falling and added that arguments made by opponents of solar energy are based on "outdated numbers [which] are still widely disseminated to governments, regulators and investors."
Rush Limbaugh is a key part of this propaganda movement aimed at holding back our country's energy progress and keeping as much money as possible flowing into the pockets of big oil companies.
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