Proof that environmental activists are trying to control Alabama's energy

Mar 20, 2013, 19:47 ET from JobKeeper Alliance

MONTGOMERY, Ala., March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- JobKeeper Alliance, a job-focused nonprofit organization, is actively fighting the efforts of environmental activist who want to control Alabama's energy. Their radical agenda includes shutting down coal-fired power pants and forcing utilities to purchase expensive wind or solar energy. This will cost Alabama thousands of jobs and raise the price of energy.

Governor Robert Bentley recently citied Alabama's low cost of energy as one of the factors that helped our state land the Airbus assembly plant, a project slated to create 3,000 new jobs. PSC President Twinkle Cavanaugh and Commissioner Jeremy Oden have demonstrated their commitment to keeping energy cost low, which have placed them in the crosshairs of environmental activists.

JobKeeper Alliance released the following information as definitive proof that environmental activists are directly involved in an effort targeting the Alabama Public Service Commission.

Behind the Curtain: A Second Look at the Arise Report

On March 1, 2013, Arise Citizens' Policy Project, the policy arm of Alabama Arise, released a report highly critical of the Alabama Public Service Commission.[1] The lead author of this report, David Schlissel, makes a living consulting and testifying for environmentalists. In fact, 75% of Schlissel's clients are environmental interest groups, according to his company's website.[2]

Schlissel has testified in numerous regulatory proceedings on behalf of radical environmental organizations including the Environmental Defense Fund, Sierra Club, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and the Southern Environmental Law Center.

[Environmental Defense Fund- North Carolina UC Docket No. E-100 Sub 124; Sierra Club- Florida PSC Docket No. 070098-EI, Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Cause No. 43114, Ohio Power Sitting Board Case No. 06-1358-EL-BGN, Mississippi PSC Docket No. 2009-UA-014, Docket No. 2010-UA-0279, North Carolina UC Docket No. E-100 Sub 124, Wisconsin PSC Docket No. 05-CE-137, Docket No. 05-CE-138; Southern Alliance for Clean Energy- Georgia PSC Docket No. 22449-U, Docket No. 27800-U, North Carolina UC Docket No. E-100 Sub 124; Southern Environmental Law Center- North Carolina UC Docket No. E-100 Sub 124]

Schlissel's report includes an internal document provided by a Birmingham environmental group called GASP.[3] Stacie Propst, the executive director of GASP, recently explained how she thinks the "firestorm about utility rates" will help her group advance their agenda.[4]

"In the midst of this firestorm about utility rates, you may be asking yourself, what in the world does this have to do with pollution. Right? It's directly related. The point here is, obviously, that transparency would help us a great deal in understanding how power plants are polluting."

-GASP Executive Director Stacie Propst speaking at UAB on February 21, 2013 (audio file)

[1] Public Utility Regulation Without the Public" by David Schlissel and Anna Sommer [2] [3] Page 16, "Public Utility Regulation Without the Public" (letter addressed to GASP) [4] GASP Executive Director Stacie Propst speaking at UAB on February 21, 2013 (link to audio file)

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