April 20th - James Taylor,
Vice President, Heartland Institute
Vice President, Heartland Institute
The solar power industry has launched a movement to amend the Florida Constitution to require state officials to “encourage and promote” solar power and give the solar power industry an exclusive monopoly right to generate and sell small-scale solar power in Florida. The solar power industry is targeting Florida Tea Party groups to support the amendment as a “free market” initiative, even though the amendment would raise electricity costs, increase subsidies, increase taxes, create a new monopoly structure, and do nothing to break up existing utility monopolies. Learn all the facts about the proposed amendment, the anti-free market efforts of the solar power industry, and the leftist billionaire who is funding the amendment drive.
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James Taylor is Vice President at the Heartland Institute, a national public policy organization whose mission is to “discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems.” He is also an adjunct scholar and policy advisor for the James Madison Institute
James was a primary author of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s national energy plan when Gov. Perry ran for the presidency in 2012. James is a primary author of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s America Next energy plan that Gov. Jindal released this past September. He has also advised 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s top staff on energy and environment issues.
James writes a regular column on free-market energy and environment issues for Forbes.com. He served as Communications Director for the free-market website Florida Media Trackers. He also hosted Tampa conservative talk radio station WGUL’s weekly radio program Inside Florida Politics.
James has discussed free-market energy and environment policy on Fox News Channel, CNN, CBS Evening News, The Blaze, and many other national television networks and programs. He has been interviewed on-air by Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Neil Cavuto, Stuart Varney, Laura Ingraham, and Mark Levin. He has been published and quoted in just about every major newspaper in the country. He also makes regular appearances on many national conservative talk radio programs.
James has lived in the Tampa Bay area for the past 20 years.