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Tomorrow is Anchorage’s municipal election; half-assed self-serving bond proposals and the filling of assembly seats held formerly by corrupt bastards with new bastards looking for their $250 checks. Ironically timed considering our local assembly is one hell of an April Fool’s Day joke. Though I think there’s another vote to be cast that’s gone largely unnoticed. The vote to kick the anti-union capitalists out of our energy co-op.
Chugach, in the past, has been run under the ideal of high-reliability and a robust preventative maintenance program making for the best, and most affordable, service possible for it’s members. Well, that’s all changed. The travesty that is the current board is working to end all of that. From their insistence on running Chugach as a lowest-possible-price for power provider to their public scapegoating of the IBEW, these anti-union right-wingnuts will stoop to any low to retain control of your power.
Their most recent round of shenanigans includes a plan to eviscerate the preventative maintenance program to save money and a plan to use MEA as a business model for Chugach in the future. Separately each of these moves would devastate the quality of service consumers have come to enjoy, but combined we’ll have rolling blackouts, 6-10 outages of two hours of more per year and likely countless outages of 15 minutes or less. If you don’t believe me, ask anyone with MEA as a provider.
For me the deciding factors have been the complete disregard for all forms of alternative energy and the fact that I don’t trust anyone who states unequivocally to not trust a union. Of course all unions have their issues, but I’m pro-union, the last hope of the American middle-class, so anyone who paints them as being evil and scapegoats them for their own ill deeds won’t ever get my vote.
We can’t let these bastards degrade the power grid we’ve worked this hard to make so robust. We can’t allow them to scapegoat our local union for the sad state they’ve put the co-op in. We can’t tolerate a board that refuses to explore clean, renewable and affordable energy sources. Most of all we can’t allow them to drag Chugach into the gutter where they can work to privatize it allowing them to use our money as their own personal bank accounts as we huddle together for warmth during another all too long winter blackout. Vote the sons of bitches out!