The following is a little-bit-snarky, mostly-dead-serious response to the announcement by Jim Bacon that Dominion Power will be sponsoring his blog. Enjoy!
Blue Virginia is pleased to announce that Dominion “Global Warming Starts Here” Power will absolutely, positively NOT be sponsoring this blog for any length of time, nor would we ever allow such a thing from this bunch of corrupt(ing) fossil fools.
Yes, sure, we could use the money, and Dominion “Global Warming Starts Here” Power certainly has more of the green stuff than the U.S. Mint, but…no thanks. And yeah, we’re talking about a s***-ton of money in Dominion’s dirty coffers, which they are more than happy to spread around the state. For instance, according to VPAP, Dominion has donated $13.4 million to
Virginia’s fine public servants its bought-and-paid-for political puppets over the years, including $5.1 million to buy the Republicans and $4.2 million to (attempt to) buy the Democrats.
The good news for Dominion, and the bad news for everyone else who lives in Virginia, is that all that money has worked out quite well for this coddled, state-protected monopoly, as they’ve basically gotten anything and everything they’ve wanted. For one thing, this dinosaur of utilities has mostly managed – so far, that is – to fend off the clean energy revolution going on across the country and the globe. Of course, in the end, Dominion’s strategy will prove to be utterly self defeating, as they meet their inevitable death spiral, but perhaps they can fend it off another few years with the help of the ever-so-accommodating Virginia $tate $enate and Hou$e of Delegate$ – the best legislature Dominion’s money can buy, after all!
By the way, I’m sure it’s pure coincidence that Dominion “Global Warming Starts Here” Power has decided to venture into the world of blogging now, given plunging clean energy costs, along with the imminent Clean Power Plan and its emphasis on everything Dominion hates (but the people of Virginia overwhelmingly love): energy efficiency, solar and wind power. But hey, if it helps them dissuade its captive “customers” from becoming more energy efficient or from (horror of horrors!) putting solar panels on their roofs, Dominion will laugh all the way to the bank, even as they help trash the planet (e.g., the mountains of Appalachia which are blown up for coal; the greenhouse gases their power plants spew out) in the process.
So, bottom line, Dominion can take its dirty money and shove it up one of its coal-fired power plant smokestacks. Now, that’s not to say we couldn’t use some sponsorships, donations, etc. to support the work this blog does. If you’re an environmental group, labor group, LGBT group, women’s reproductive rights group, Democratic candidate, or any other progressive organization and you’d like to work with us, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org – I’d love to talk with you. As for Dominion “Global Warming Starts Here” Power: when you guys completely change the way you do business, join the 21st century (not to mention Pope Francis), and basically get a clue, we’d love to talk to you as well. But we’re certainly not holding our breaths waiting for that to happen…