In some cases, he found utilities shifting the cost of coal ash cleanup onto the very same customers who contracted cancer from the waste. “We constantly keep letting them take away our rights and we let them pollute our communities,” he said.
In an interview with the AP, Scott discussed why he believes solar isn’t a partisan issue, why he’d like to install more solar panels on “Property Brothers” and why he wrote a song for the film. Answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.
AP: What’s fascinating in the film is that pro-solar voices can be found from die-hard Democrats like Al Gore to Tea Party leaders like Debbie Dooley.
Scott: I intentionally wanted to make sure that both sides of the political aisle were represented in the voices because what I discovered during the journey is it’s not a partisan issue. It’s just there are a lot of very powerful corporations that have realized if they can try and make us think it’s a partisan issue, they’re more likely to succeed in slowing things down and keeping the status quo.
AP: You spend a lot of time outlining that the industrialist Koch brothers protect a monopolized system. But you also go after Warren Buffett and his Berkshire Hathaway investments in oil, gas and coal, too.
Scott: I’ve had this conversation with some friends: They say, ‘Look at people like Warren Buffett. He’s a good guy.’ Yeah, he’s a smart guy. And how do you think he’s making his billions of dollars? When he donates millions and millions to charity, that’s wonderful. But he’s making that money mostly through his energy holdings.
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