Will GOP let utilities crush solar (and 1,200 jobs) in Kentucky? This could get ugly.

Tom Eblen
February 5, 2018
Lexington Herald Leader

You would think after the sexual harassment scandal involving former Speaker Jeff Hoover and three other colleagues, House Republicans would not want to bring more embarrassment upon themselves. But you would be wrong.

GOP leaders allowed Rep. Jim Gooch of Providence on Friday to add three members to the Natural Resources and Energy Committee he chairs. Gooch needs them to try to pass a bill he is sponsoring to let electric utility monopolies crush Kentucky’s residential solar power industry.

That’s right: Not only are committee Democrats against this bad bill, Gooch doesn’t think he has enough Republican support …