White lightning and green energy 

You may remember Tim Dwight, whose NFL career was notable mainly because he was a 5'8" white guy who returned kicks, played receiver, and was very fast. In Super Bowl XXXIII, he provided perhaps the only highlight for the Falcons by returning a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.

Yesterday, Dwight, who was born in Iowa City (he holds the state HS record for rushing touchdown) and played at the University of Iowa (he holds the Big 10 record for punt-return yards and touchdowns), was at the state capitol in Des Moines pitching his company, iPower.

iPower has nothing to do with iPhones. As you might guess by the fact Dwight uses a government setting to promote it, iPower is a "renewable energy" company. According to the Des Moines Register, Dwight was joining in a lobbying effort "for two energy bills" that "establish[] an alternate and renewable energy incentive program for small businesses and families that invest in renewable fuel."

Dwight's partner in the lobbying push was the Iowa Environmental Council. This is mostly what people talk about when they say that environmentalism can be profitable -- it's profitable if you successfully lobby for the right subsidies and preferential treatment.

It's the same sort of thing as Barack Obama's definition of "pro-business." It has little to do with the free market, and everything to do with government connections.

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