A piece of advice: Don’t read this article from the State House News Service (via WickedLocal) with your eyes too widely opened. They just might roll right out of your head.
Gov. Deval Patrick’s top energy and environment adviser called Tuesday for a “revolution” in the state’s green energy sector, urging more than 100 energy company executives to “take the clean energy discussion out to every city or town in the commonwealth of Massachusetts.
“It is now time to turn from reform to energy revolution,” said Richard Sullivan, secretary of energy and environmental affairs, adding, “As we start to move this revolution forward, we need all of you more than ever.”
Sullivan highlighted clean energy laws passed in the 2007-2008 legislative session, including the Green Communities Act – a bill spearheaded by former Speaker Salvatore DiMasi to encourage the expansion of renewable energy, incentivize cities and towns to support local clean energy projects and require utilities to transmit a small percentage of their energy from renewable sources. Although critics have maligned the law as overly prescriptive and a driver of high energy costs, Sullivan hailed the law as “genius” for bringing municipalities into the discussion.
Sullivan addressed company executives at a capitol event hosted by the state Clean Energy Center and the New England Clean Energy Council, a coalition of hundreds of local energy company executives hoping to win support for their sector from lawmakers.
So where to start? How about here: It isn’t a private sector energy company executive’s job to “take the clean energy discussion out to every city or town in the commonwealth” to push a policy “revolution.” His job is to manage his company and make money. Unless, that is, his company happens to depend on government largess in order to make money – which is too often the case when it comes to so-called “green companies” in Massachusetts and elsewhere these days. Related: Evergreen No More In that context it makes perfect sense for “100 energy company executives” to jam a room and sign on as Patrick Administration lobbyists in exchange for a chance to “win support for their sector from lawmakers.”
“Support for their sector,” of course, is Beacon Hill-speak for ‘more taxpayer money poured into the insatiable green maw’… READ THE REST at CriticalMASS (with an update on the President’s disingenuous energy rhetoric).