What fresh Hell is this?

October 26, 2008

I was just reading through the St. Louis ballot. Here’s Proposition C:

Shall Missouri law be amended to require investor-owned electric utilities to generate or purchase electricity from renewable energy resources such as solar, wind, biomass and hydropower with the renewable energy sources equalling at least 2% of retail sales by 2011, including at least 2% from solar energy; and restricting to no more than 1% any rate increase to consumers for this renewable energy?

What possible business is it of the state what private utilities do? If solar was efficient and profitable, these businesses would already use it. Same with wind–once they beat the environmentalists’ lawsuits that wind farms kill birds and bats. Biomass? Using food for fuel is never a good idea. Hydropower? Shoot, Ameren already uses at least the two biggest dams in the state for hydropower. Shall we build more lakes? They’re great, but I like the Meramec, Current, Black, and other rivers just fine the way they are.

So the state wants to mandate how private enterprises get their power, and then keep them from recouping their massive losses by passing it on to the consumer. Where do they think this money will come from? Again, Atlas will shrug–these investor-owned enterprises will close up shop and move to friendlier areas, leaving the electric utility in the hands of the state–which conveniently isn’t allowing ITS rates to be held artificially steady here.

Proposition C-Not just NO!, but HELL, NO!

Wondering now if I should buy a generator…

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