Last week Republican Sen. Bill Rabon unleashed SB 10 on the citizens of NC. Rabon made the ridiculous claim that the bill would "increase efficiencies in state government." What the bill actually does is wipe out members of the Utilities Commission, Environmental Management Commission, and the Coastal Resources Commission.
The real reason Rabon sponsored this bill is debt, his debt to Duke power. SB 10's primary sponsors have received a total of $102,500 from Duke Power. Sen Tom Apodaca - $35,000 from Duke and $30,500 from Progress Energy (2002-2012).
Republican Sen.Neal Hunt, $19,000 from Duke and $12,000 from Progress (2004-2012). Bill Rabon, $3,000 from Duke and $3,000 from Progress (2010-2012).
Throw in the money Duke pumped into the co-sponsors and it brings the total to a whopping $147,000.
While Rabon was introducing his turd of a bill, he just happened to also be opening the door for his good buddy, former Duke Power engineer, proud member of ALEC, and all around tool, Republican Senator Mike Hager, Duke's special guy and chairman of the Senate Utilities Commission. You can add another $14,500 to Duke's tab they paid Hager.
How does this open a door for Hager? Well by eliminating any opposition on the Utilities and Environmental Commissions, Good ol' Mike can now attack 2007 SB3, NC's Renewable energy portfolio standards, a bill Duke helped write.
Here's where it gets whacky. ALEC opposes 2007 SB3, Duke opposes ALEC's "Electricity Freedom Act", the model law to repeal laws like 2007 SB3, Duke is a member of ALEC, and both Duke and ALEC own Mike Hager. Whew.
To compound the problem Duke wants to raise rates 10%, the reason being, they got a bunch of dirty coal plants polluting the atmosphere and don't want to spend the money to build new ones or modernize the old ones. Most small to medium size businesses reinvest a good portion of their profit back into their business. Not Duke, they want to keep all their profit and have you and I pay for their cost of doing business.
So what do you do? Do you spend millions, perhaps billions of dollars modernizing your business or do you spend $161,500 buying low life Republicans to get the job done for you?