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Er-Tit Kabuki Yields Useless Comments

April 20, 2012

Once again, Keryn has dug up some hilarious reading over at StopPATH WV.  I have covered the Obama er-tit process for working behind the scenes to ramrod new power lines here and here.  The first major pay off of this new program was the corrupt deal between Sec. of Interior Salazar and PSEG to force all of us rate payers in PJM to buy land for the Nature Conservancy so PSEG can ram the S-R line through National Park Service land in NJ.

Who knew that along with this backdoor DC process for closed door double-dealing there came a comment period at the US Dept. of Energy.  What a marvel of kabuki theater our federal government has become.  In the fall of 2011 the White House announces its plan to “streamline” (read ramrod) pet high voltage transmission projects.  Also in the fall of 2011, there is already news that Salazar has cut the back room deal on the Susquehanna-Roseland line.  Then, in the spring of 2012, “the public” is allowed to “comment” on the already done deal.

As Keryn points out, these kabuki comments do have entertainment value.  It’s always a hoot to read the blatant lies that come out of the $500 per hour DC law firms that power companies hire to do their commenting.  AEP doesn’t let us down this time.  Ken Ward doesn’t like me to use the word “lie” in my posts, but there is really no other word to use in this case.  Here is Keryn’s accurate assessment of AEP’s comments:

But, here’s the biggest lie:

“The delays experienced with the Wyoming-Jacksons Ferry line were so pronounced that AEP has since avoided crossing federal lands in siting projects.”

Well, except for their PATH Project, which came AFTER Jacksons Ferry-Wyoming.  AEP didn’t seem to have a problem siting that thing through a national forest and three national park units, did they?  They didn’t even seem to have a problem with PATH’s federal EIS process, until the NPS denied their request for indefinite abeyance of the process and tossed out PATH’s application.  Now the federal permitting process is broken and AEP can re-write history.

As Keryn points out, there is a direct contradiction between AEP’s “since” the Jacksons Ferry-Wyoming line and the fact that AEP’s PATH line was planned to cross significant federally owned lands “after” the Jacksons Ferry-Wyoming project.  A lie is a deliberate deception.  Unless you believe that AEP’s assertion is somehow the result of mental derangement and its highly paid lawyers are somehow delusional and did not believe they were misstating the facts, it is hard to conclude that this comment is anything but a deliberate deception.

A lie is a lie.  But then theater is all about illusion anyway.  Welcome to the Cheney-Obama hall of mirrors.

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  1. April 20, 2012 5:20 pm

    Best blog post title…. ever! I can’t stop laughing!

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