Xcel Sees Green Again

Posted by on Apr 20 2011 | energy, Environment, Government Largess, Politics, PPC, Taxes

I wanted to update my readers on the continued love affair between Xcel and our General Assembly. Yesterday, unsurprising to anyone following this close relationship, Xcel was able to get it’s way again under the gold dome as HB 1291 – legislation that approves the Air Quality Control Commission’s Regional Haze State Implementation Plan – passed out of Senate committee on a 3-2, party line vote. This was despite emotionally charged testimony from Pueblo union members describing the ill effects of high energy prices on families, workers, business, and the steel industry. It passed also in the face of compelling testimony from Environmental Policy writer William Yeatman, who flew all the way from Washington, DC to testify against this monstrosity. The fact remains: once Xcel makes its mind up about something, it almost assuredly gets what it wants.

So what does this mean? Well, it still has to clear a few more hurdles before it reaches the governor’s desk. But we all know the biggest mountain has been climbed already. It also means Xcel secures another source of big time revenue. “Seeing green” means something entirely different to the fat cats at Xcel. The bottom line is this: when Xcel wins, consumers lose. They are using their cozy relationship with lawmakers to hike energy prices and garner sweet deals – at our expense. Which is all the more upsetting when they secure fat deals that are, in all likelihood, ILLEGAL on their face. We despise all forms of corporate welfare here at Independence. But perhaps the worst kind is of the state-sanctioned monopoly variety. In this case, consumers really have nowhere to go.

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3 Responses to “Xcel Sees Green Again”

  1. [...] threatens a citizen’s right to petition their government. And don’t forget about the enormous amount of corporate welfare coming to natural gas producers and Xcel thanks to a couple of bills that fleece ratepayers and [...]

    22 Apr 2011 at 3:45 pm

  2. [...] threatens a citizen’s right to petition their government. And don’t forget about the enormous amount of corporate welfare coming to natural gas producers and Xcel thanks to a couple of bills that fleece ratepayers and [...]

    22 Apr 2011 at 4:04 pm

  3. How do you figure that we have a right to petition? That is some other country some other century. We don’t have any guaranteed rights in this country. Access to Court is supposedly the right from which all rights flow. But a federal lawsuit done by a lawyer starts at $100K. If you file pro se i federal court, you will lose. 100% of all pro se litigants in federal court lose. That’s why U.S. Courts no longer releases pro se statistics. Not only will you lose, but U.S. Courts will bankrupt you because the judges have an irrational hatred of pro se litigants, especially those who act proud. Maybe they also take pay offs. I sued a drug dealer pro se for First Amendment Retaliation. I had all the proof lined up before I filed. But with no Rule 11 c. 6 order and no “order to show cause” former judge Naughty Nottingham ordered that I pay lawyers who didn’t even file anything in the case not even a notice of appearance over $100K. When I tried to get a different judge he ordered the USMS to imprison me with no trial, no government prosecutor, no bail hearing, for 5 months. Then they hunted me down.

    Courts are dangerous. Judges are dangerous. Telling the truth won’t keep you safe. Beware of courts. Don’t make the same mistake I did. You have no rights.

    24 Apr 2011 at 9:26 pm

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