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Comments to CPUC on electric rate increases

by Guy Berliner Thursday, Jun. 14, 2001 at 5:09 AM

California Public Utiities Commission is taking public comments on proposed electric rate increases. This letter suggests a cost-shifting approach to address the "crisis."



You too can send in comments via email or the mailing

address below. Here's mine:

Public Advisor

California Public Utilities Commission

320 West 4th Street, Ste 500

Los Angeles, CA 90013

public.advisor.la@cpuc.ca.gov

To whom it may concern:

Please accept the following submission for purposes of

public comment on the proposed rate increases sought by

the Department of Water Resources. These comments also

address other rate increases intended to cope with the

current "power crisis."

I recommend that, to the maximum extent possible, all

required rate increases to address the utilities insolvency

and power shortfall "crises" be borne by US federal

facilities stationed in California. The reasons for cost

shifting in this way are as follows:

Recent FERC findings indicate clearly that the

unprecedented price increases in wholesale electricity

markets point to illegal market manipulations. Despite

this, and the FERC's legal mission to ensure that rates

are "fair and reasonable," the FERC refuses to impose any

discipline on these rates. The FERC, under direction from

the new Administration in Washington, has made a political

decision not to enforce the law.

Grave doubts have been cast on the legitimacy of the newly

installed, unelected, court-appointed federal regime now

in power. Exposes by journalist Gregory Palast of the BBC

indicate that confederates of the current head-of-state

conspired to illegally remove thousands of names of

eligible voters in Florida on false pretenses. Given the

crisis of legitimacy posed by the current federal regime,

the people of the State of California cannot eliminate

the possibility that FERC's decision to refrain from

imposing any price controls on the wildly inflated

wholesale energy prices was politically motivated out

of retribution by the current regime for having lost the

election in California by a wide margin. Coincidentally

(?), the principal beneficiaries of the "crisis" have been

close friends and associates of the current head-of-state

from his home state of Texas who direct the power cartels

charging these inflated rates.

Thus, it is only fitting that, so long as the regime in

Washington refuses to consider any measures to relieve the

power "crisis" in California, in contravention of the legal

mission of FERC, and so long as grave doubts persist about

the legality of the entire US regime's ascent to power, that the

state mandate that federal facilities bear the full brunt of the

burden being recklessly imposed on her citizens.

Thank you for considering these recommendations.

Sincerely,

Guy Berliner
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