Sen. Whitehouse likened their actions to those of the tobacco companies that conspired to manufacture doubt about the link between smoking and disease when they were all too aware of it. In 2006, a federal district court ruled that the tobacco industry's deceptive campaign to maximize its profits by hoodwinking the public amounted to a racketeering enterprise.
The few that opened almost broke the financial backs of the utilities that built them -- forcing 25 to 50 percent rate increases on customers. And when the new plants didn't materialize, and wind and natural gas got cheap, the utilities who, after all, are businessmen, not coal miners, simply dumped the dirty black rock.
So let's say you're considering putting up a huge solar panel farm in the middle of Georgia- like 8 billion dollars huge. And what's the worst thing you could imagine that could happen? A cloudy day? Rust? A tornado? A plane crashes into it? For a small amount of money that gigantic solar farm would be repaired, and would go right back to making cheap power.