December 5, 2004
Be careful not to win
It is okay for environmentalists to challenge the PSC or the utilitiy lawyers who guide it, but they should make sure not to win because the big boys get angry. We reported on the Clean Wisconsin victory over Wisconsin Energy where Dane County Circuit Court Judge David Flanagan, in a carefully reasoned opinion, held, in essence, that the PSC did not do what it was supposed to do. The result? Wisconsin Energy must start over and the PSC must work in the public's interest.
Well, not so fast. WE chair Gale Klappa, in an interview with the MJS, opines that "progress in terms of improving infrastructure in Wisconsin is dead." Turn out the lights the party is over. Here is the exciting news. Klappa says the Arrowhead-Weston extension cord is also dead. Let's hope he is right.
What happens when the Big Boys get caught violating the rules? You guessed it. After assuring us the sky is falling, they demand that the rules change. One piece of legislation on the drawing boards is to elminate the requirement that the utilities propose alternative sites. I'm not making this up.
Why don't we just elminate the PSC, delete all environemental protections and simply ask the utilities to be kind and good?
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