Tuesday Energy Blogging: Some bad stuff is going down in CA tonight. UPDATE: Maybe not.

08 Jun 2010 11:49 pm
Posted by: Donna

The votes aren’t all in yet but Prop 16, a measure that would require 2/3 of the voters to support efforts by local governments to get into the energy business is a nailbiter right now on this California primary evening. PG&E was deeply concerned that itty bitty cities and towns couldn’t handle the complexity of energy production and really ought not be worrying their pretty little heads about dangerous things like setting up municipal power districts that compete with giant utility companies like PG&E.

Steve Van Dorn, President of the Santa Clara Chamber of Commerce, which has taken a stand against Prop 16, said locking out public power would lock out potential savings. “Santa Clara’s municipal utility, Silicon Valley Power, provides extremely high reliability at rates significantly below PG&E, and it ranks first in the nation for business customer satisfaction.” VanDorn said that if poorly drafted Prop 16 passes, municipal utilities could be prevented from providing new customers with electricity without a 2/3 vote for every single customer added.

Obviously, PG&E doesn’t want tragedies similar to Silicon Valley Power unleashed upon other communities in California so it was important to persuade voters that the very life essence of democracy was at stake.

Right now local governments in California can spend public money or incur public debt to take over private electric businesses without letting local voters have the final say. That’s why California needs Prop. 16. In tough economic times like these, voters deserve the right to have the final say about how our money is spent.

Seriously, folks, you don’t want the direction of power generation in your city or town being decided by elected representatives or simple majorities of voters! What the hell do you guys know about the need to protect precious corporate profits or cool derivative trader tricks?

It didn’t hurt that the backers of Prop 16 had a cool 46 mil to plop down to bamboozle CA voters.

PG&E spent more than $46 million on the campaign. Opponents — including the Sierra Club and the AARP — raised about $90,000.

Great, so I have to stay up late tonight watching this because the opposition to Prop 16 in CA didn’t take a page from the anti-Prop 105 people here in AZ in 2008. Remember those ads with the lazy guy on the couch eating Cheetos and watching TV? “I don’t have to go and vote? Works for me!” A beautifully framed the message that people who don’t bother to vote shouldn’t be counted as an automatic vote. We manage to do some things right here in Sand Land. That idiotic “Majority Rules” initiative went down by a margin of 2 to 1. Then again, the anti Prop 16 peeps had $90K to fight $46 million. The “no” vote is barely holding on as we speak.

UPDATE: With 70.8% of the vote in, Prop 16 is losing 47.9 to 52.1%.

2 Comments

  1. Comment by Timmys Cat on June 9, 2010 9:43 am

    If this passes,they won’t get any sympathy from this cat. Don’t forget the 2/3 majority Prop that did pass.
    Prop 13

  2. Comment by Donna on June 9, 2010 9:45 am

    It failed. 47 to 52%. Dodged that bullet. Sometimes the voters get it right.

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