Another Classic Colorado Ballot Initiative

by Paul Chesser, Heartland Institute Correspondent on March 26, 2010

in Blog

After yesterday’s revelation about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s dismantling of his state’s global warming regulatory infrastructure, a grassroots citizens group said they would attack the renewables rent-seeking industry via a Colorado ballot initiative. The Western Tradition Partnership announced:

(Two) Colorado citizens submitted to the Legislative Legal Council Wednesday a proposed ballot initiative restoring the right of consumers to lower their utility bills by choosing less-expensive forms of energy….

If approved, the initiative allows a utility’s customers to submit a petition requesting an election among customers on whether to opt out of so-called “renewable energy standards.” Renewable energy standards are government mandates forcing a utility to buy a certain percentage of their power from more expensive sources such as wind and solar, driving up utility bills.

Renewable energy standards are a favorite tool of speculators, who invested in the more expensive, less efficient sources and cannot attract consumers in a competitive market.  By lobbying politicians to make purchasing their product mandatory, speculators pass their losses to captive customers.

Of course the foundation for the passage of these measures has been the hyped fear from the threat of global warming, which has been proven fraudulent. WTP, which placed some fairly strict requirements in the measure’s language in order to trigger a utility customer election, reports that it is only trying to restore an opt-out provision that Colorado voters supported in a previous ballot initiative.

It has become so trendy now to challenge the crumbling global warming establishment.

Norman Yoss March 27, 2010 at 5:03 am

In reference to anthropogenic global warming, chack out Science News, March 27, 2010 Issue, page 26, ( Most math supporting the warming models is flawed.

Fredo March 28, 2010 at 12:56 am

Oh what's the point. Obviously nobody reads this drivel anyway.

But the obvious rejoinder is that if "rent-seeking" is the problem, then the bigger the industry, the bigger the incentive to meddle in the political process in order to generate income…

just like the trillion-dollar oil industry using this lie-filled Web site to ensure we stay addicted to its products, no matter what the science says.

2008 ExxonMobil profits: $47 BILLION

2008 Saudi Aramco profits: $233 BILLION (wonder how much went to the Bin Ladin family…)

Yeah, I'm real scared Al Gore and a couple of wind farms might make a buck or two… I'd much rather keep sending my dough to Saudi Arabia!

You CEI fools would be smart to watch out with this stupid argument about "rent seeking." As ye sow, so shall ye reap…

fkl;s March 31, 2010 at 9:08 am

this might be true u never know w/ all of the stuff thats going on!!!

fkl;s March 31, 2010 at 9:08 am

nobody reads this anyway

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