The Occupy Wall Street movement is all about money and government power squashing the people, and we have our own version here in Vermont. If GMP and CVPS merge, the new company will control the distribution of more than 70 percent of Vermont’s power. Do we want our power concentrated in the hands of one company and that company foreign-owned? It’s not in the spirit of independence and self-sufficiency that Vermonters believe in. In the years to come, Vermont will lose control of its power sources, and it will lose its mountaintops in the name of money.
Take the Lowell Mountains and the wind project. This version of “squashing the people” involves Green Mountain Power’s grab for millions in production tax credits with its wind project in Lowell. A project that will cost ratepayers tens of millions more than other renewable energy generation options. Why is this happening? Because Vermont’s SPEED legislation benefits developers, not ratepayers. Vermonter ratepayers everywhere should be up in arms about this.
If you want to be part of the Occupy movement, please consider following the lead of the campers who are going up on the Lowell Mountains every single day to call attention to the wrongs that are being committed in the name of “public good.” Occupy the Lowell Mountains! And maybe while we are at it, instead of Wall Street or City Hall Park or Montpelier, maybe we should occupy the offices of Green Mountain Power.
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