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Californians, vote No on Prop 16 April 15, 2010

Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.

OK, just got a flyer on Prop 16. This is called the Taxpayers Right to Vote Act. What a load of crap! This is this double-speak name created by an advertising agency paid for by the real backers of this bogus proposition.

Prop 16 will require voters to a approve by a two-thirds majority if their governments want to set up a local power agency. It is totally paid for by the two big rapacious power companies in this state, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and Southern California Edison. Why? They love the monopoly they have and do not want areas to set up competing entities that cut into their customer base. Some towns, cities, and counties in the state already have. PG&E tried to play hardball with them, refusing to sell them electricity. The state Public Utilities Commission last week told PG&E that that was illegal and they had to sell the power.

Why would locales want their own power companies? First, it might be cheaper because there is less profit motive involved. Second, it allows locales to buy power from any source, including that from wind, solar, geothermal, and other greener types of  power

The Prop 16 ads play on voter anger with government and spending, cynically trying to disguise this corporate greed as a move empowering the people. What BS!

(I think the proposition system here was broken and used for stupid purposes before this. Now companies are putting forward ones they fund for their interests. An insurance company, Mercury, has another proposition coming up that will allow them to treat people more unfairly and make even more money – even though this company faces numerous sanctions for denying claims or coverage. I guess this proposed new law lets them get away with that. It will only get worse with the new Supreme Court ruling that companies have free speech rights and can spenc unlimited amounts on campaigns.)



1. Eric Brooks - April 17, 2010

Actually, to my knowledge, Southern California Edison has been wise enough -not- to donate to this bogus ballot measure.

2. fetzthechemist - April 17, 2010

Ok. I stand corrected on that. We do not get the SoCal perspective much up here. But it is a good reason to overhaul the proposition system.

3. Eric Brooks - April 17, 2010

Absolutely. PG&E is a massive corporation (that already ripped off Californians to the tune of 18 billion dollars in its ‘energy crisis’ bankruptcy bail out) which is now, with Prop 16, attempting to buy our June election with $35 million in order to give itself special monopoly protections in the California Constitution, so that it can continue raising rates with impunity; for the rest of eternity.

This is the biggest competition killer in ‘free market’ history.

For more info go to http://powergrab.info/

and of course

Vote NO on Prop 16!

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