I’m a long time advocate for alternative energy, but at the same time I’ve always cautioned that people should be vigilant when it comes to anything that will impact or slow the level of profit utility companies make.
Corporate profits rely on dependency, their customers are dependent upon them and they intend to keep that way as long as they possibly can.
They can go on about concerns for the environment, their “green” efforts and all the rest of it but their priority is profit and that very dependency even if it means riding the fossil fuel horse until it collapses, until every river of any consequence is polluted and dammed, until every water spigot spews ignitable gas from fracking and every home features damage from fracking generated earthquakes.
Rate hikes to connect to the grid, an inevitability, but how about a comparable increase in credit for the energy generated by solar and fed back into the system?
How about a consumer revolt for a change instead of merely griping and then settling into the groove?
How about putting public utility commissions and politicians on notice that they serve the public, not corporate interests, and if they don’t bear that in mind then they better take as much money and perks from lobbyists as they can while they can because come next election they’re out of office.
Only the rich have solar? BS, take a look around middle class and lower middle class neighborhoods.
Solar and anything labeled green come with their own level of greed, manufacturers and suppliers are charging as much as they can get away with while praising and welcoming you to the green club.
It’s the same with anything ecofriendy, healthly, or comes with the moniker green from vitamin/nutrient suppliments to energy, organic food and anything else you can find in the green market place.
All the things that benefit people are price gouged, and that translates to effectively shutting out a huge number of people who could use them most.
So this is a “test” in California? It isn’t a test but a model for others to follow who will be ably abetted by every “public servant” they own.
There are municipalities that have passed ordinances making it illegal to collect rain water falling on your property, they claim to own it.
Really? How about the sunshine that falls on your property, or the air you breathe on your property, they going to claim a proprietary right to that as well?
Sounds farfetched? Consider how farfetched claiming ownership of rainfall and making it illegal to collect it was in the immediate past.
The sleeping giant, the American electorate, watch out when they wake up – right, if the past is prologue the sleeping giant will continue to slumber making Rip Van Winkles twenty years of sleep look like a cat nap.
Will continue to elect dyed in the wool Washington insiders who in turn will continue to name corporate heads to cabinet positions and engage in the Orwellian Newspeak and Doublethink that is part and parcel of who they are.
According to a person I know, in the 80’s I believe it was, there was a movement on in California to enact no fault accident insurance, it was touted as consumer friendly, going to lower insurance costs for everyone and the public bought into it.
Needless to say in short order following passage there was a dramatic increase in rates.
The point being the minute corporations begin telling you it’s all good and you’re going to save money is the minute you should begin opposing whatever they’re pushing.
The same I think would apply to the majority of politicians, the minute they stand around pontificating and jingling the change in their pockets like a used car salesman telling you all about how good something will be for you then it’s time to begin asking them the hard questions and letting them know they will be held accountable.
Case in point, a classic – NAFTA – a bill whose sole intent was to increase corporate profits by allowing them to export manufacturing and jobs.
A Republican authored bill that then President Clinton went all out for to support promising it would immediately create a couple of hundred thousand jobs – but then Bill and wife Hillary have always been corporate stooges and the public should have know it was bs.
Another case in point – the repeal of Glass/Stegall that in effect gave the banking industry free rein and in no small part led to the economic fiasco just a few short years ago, and again a legislative wet dream of the Republicans that then President Clinton promoted as well.
Another example of this Orwellian Newspeak and Doublethink is Obama’s much ballyhooed trip to Alaska with all the available photo ops from posing for photos with indigenous people to a backdrop of breathtaking landscape as he goes on about the environment and responsibility to protect it – then to approve legislation for offshore deep drilling in the Beaufort Sea/Dutch Harbor waters, a catastrophe in the making with the predictable it’s good for the country, going to create jobs, reduce dependency, and no doubt translate in some unexplainable way to reducing the size of or staunching rate increases.
Now if it truly is about the environment and the public government would forego the corporate cronyism and begin an all out effort to convert to alternative energy – that isn’t going to happen because every penny of profit hasn’t been wrung from fossil fuels yet, and government is all about cronyism and the well affected transition from being representative to being a corporatocracy.
The national debt is something like eighteen trillion dollars – if it were never increased how long do you think it would take to pay that off? How many generations?
Eighteen trillion and counting – don’t rein in spending like ordinary people are compelled to do, no just keep raising the debt ceiling, keep printing more Monoply money, keep issuing bum checks, and keep kicking the can down the road until the entire house of cards collapses.
Unlike you the government doesn’t have to concern itself with debt for the above mentioned reasons – funny though isn’t it if you print up some bogus money, write a few bad checks, or don’t pay your bills you’ll wind up in jail or on the streets homeless with a cup trying to sell a few pencils.
Government is either a servant or a master, in that it is reflective of the electorate. Apparently the electorate decided at some point they wanted a master.
This isn’t all about corporate and governmental responsibility – it’s about the responsibility of people who absolutely aren’t willing to sacrifice any perceived comfort or essential.
Turn your thermostat down? Hell no, let someone else turn their’s down.
Cut back on fuel and energy consumption? Hell no, let someone else cut back.
Plant a little garden in the back yard or enlist neighbors in a communal garden? Hell no, I’m too busy multi tasking on Facebook, twitter, or whatever.
Go for energy efficient vehicles, devices, and appliances? Hell no, let others go for them.
People just as willing to kick the can down the road or leave it to others.
I sometimes think it would be in the best interests of all if corporations were nationalized, became a public utility, the mere suggestion leading to an outcry by “patriots” in defense of democracy while they ignore the reality that the current version of democracy has become unrecognizable.
Nationalizing, bad idea? How about commonsense regulations and a proactive enforcement?
No, we can’t have that either as it wouldn’t be good for “bidness” and probably lead to multiple cases of spontaneous human combustion among the rank and file conservatives and their talking heads.
Am I on a rant? Hell yes, about time everybody began to.
“It is almost universally felt that when we call a country democratic we are praising it; consequently, the defenders of every kind of regime claim that it is a democracy, and fear that they might have to stop using the word if it were tied down to any one meaning.”
Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.
“In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.”