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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

What's Up on Wednesday....

Don’t Believe The Hype.

That’s what the band Public Enemy told us back in 1988 and for a journalist, it’s usually pretty good advice. Nothing is ever as good as it seems and the job of a journalist is to ask the right questions that separate the facts from the hype, to give you a realistic idea of what’s going on.

What does all this have to do with an energy blog, you ask?

Well, dear reader, the Democrats in the General Assembly sent out an advisory Tuesday afternoon announcing a press conference Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Democratic lawmakers are promising to announce “the introduction of legislation that will provide needed electric rate relief and rate stability for residential, commercial, industrial, and small business consumers.”

That’s a pretty tall order, particularly when you consider that much of what drives electric pricing - fuel costs, for example - is beyond the control of state legislators.

But clearly, the Democrats think they can deliver on this. They’re bringing in Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal as well as representatives of some of the state’s biggest industrial power consumers - companies like Sikorsky, Pratt & Whitney and Hamilton Sunstrand - for this announcement.

Sources in Hartford insist that the legislation that House Speaker Chris Donovan (D-Meriden) and State Rep. Vickie Nardello (D-Bethany), who chairs the General Assembly’s Energy and Technology Committee, will introduce has nothing to do with the creation of a state power authority. That is an idea that Blumenthal has championed for years, but is currently mired in committee during the current legislative session.

So will the Democrats be able to deliver on this sweeping promise or is this just more hype? Keep it here and we’ll have our answer tomorrow.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hmmm. Do the Democrats think they can deliver on this, or are they just positioning themselves to take credit when energy prices start ratcheting downward in response to lower fuel prices?

(These, after all, are the same Democrats who were happy to blame everybody but their own ass-backward legislation when the prices went through the roof.)

April 28, 2009 at 7:24 PM 

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