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Indiana AG files brief to dismiss California money grab

Not content with destroying itself, California attacks the remaining States

The historic political progression – rather decay and decomposition – is generally as follows:

1) people, persecuted for generations by self serving, arbitrary, violent dictators, arise in violent protest, at the vast expense of human life, and over impossible odds win a massive civil war to obtain their freedom by deposing the dictator;

2) the new nation establishes itself as a Constitutional Republic with a capitalist economy – if you work you eat;

3) some people find a way to exploit the kindness and humanitarian philosophies of the nation to eat without working, others see the easy lifestyle without needing to work and decide they want that also.

4) Eventually people forget the horrific price in blood paid for their liberty and the national philosophy changes to Socialism with the excuse of helping those less fortunate than the working people;  mooching instead of working becomes a profession. The number of non-working people grows to 20% of the population and this segment violently demands more and more “benefits”, interferes in the election process to insure those who will accomodate their “benefits” are elected even though they can not win an election without fraud, corruption is rewarded instead of punished, and the national political nature becomes Socialism; the people are disarmed by the government to “protect them” by arbitrary government military force. Criminals are the only ones with any political power remaining as they remain armed.

5) Socialism eventually fails due to lack of anyone willing to work so everyone else can have everything for free without working, riots ensue, and a “Central Planning Committee” is designated to grab what resources remain to the few who worked and re-distribute those resources to all the many people who refuse to work, which perpetuates The Committee’s own importance: corruption takes over in every area of government as the armed criminals control most areas of life and totally control government, often by assassination. Dissidents are individually imprisoned or executed to silence them.

6) Communism is established as the national political position promising cleansing from corruption and a more equitable distribution of any remaining worker’s possessions. Personal ownership of anything is banned. The people must “serve the purposes of the State” or be euthanized “for their own good”, which includes most of the people who facilitated transition to Socialism being executed for not serving the purposes of the State – the State they created kills them as they are dead weight. The corruption levels increase instead of decrease and all who oppose are rounded up and executed.

7) A Dictator arises and promises a better life and liberty but uses extreme oppression and violence to silence all who do not wholeheartedly endorse the new Leader. Once the Leader is in power all personal freedoms are abolished. Extreme poverty and repressive violence bind all but the few who the Dictator favors. There are mass purges killing large segments of the population because they “might” disagree with the Dictator.

8) The people, persecuted for generations by self serving, arbitrary, violent dictators, arise in violent protest, at the vast expense of human life, and over impossible odds win a massive war to obtain their freedom by deposing the dictator; they form a Constitutional Republic with a Capitalist economy.

The State of California has engaged in destructive Socialist policies for some years, diverting money from every legitimate need to instead support non-working or very low wage illegal aliens and other professional indigents who will vote illegally to sustain the Socialist Democrat Party control of the State to the hurt of the working people in California. The situation is growing worse as neglect of critical infrastructure results in catastrophic failure of roads, bridges, and reservoirs and much property damage, radically high taxes, and massive corruption.

The problem with Socialism, according to Margaret Thatcher, is that sooner or later you run out of other people’s money. California has run out of money, people are fleeing the State, and California is now trying to raid working companies in other States to grab more money – because all of theirs is gone. Indiana is joined  by Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming to stop this abuse as a matter of self defense: California’s insanity has destroyed their own State and now they want to destroy ours to get more money and continue their clearly destructive Socialist policies.

Rome did not die because of attacks from outside but because of corruption inside. America should not become the next Rome. We encourage the Court to carefully consider the Amicus Brief filed by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill and others, and rule against California’s illegal demand that other States die for California’s irresponsible fiscal policy.

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AG Curtis Hill leads 15-state coalition seeking dismissal of lawsuit against energy and manufacturing companies

Attorney General Curtis Hill announced today that Indiana is leading a 15-state coalition in support of a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the cities of San Francisco and Oakland against various energy and manufacturing companies. Indiana is joined by Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming in the amicus brief.

Attorney General Hill issued the following statement regarding the matter:

“California localities cannot dictate national energy policy or curb economic activity that occurs outside California. Unfortunately, we have seen a trend of certain states drifting farther and farther away from real America. This is just the most recent example.

“We will let our amicus brief speak for itself at the courthouse. However, this matter should be dismissed because the suit filed by California municipalities is not about the law; rather, it is about circumventing separations of power and using California judges as the arbiters of national energy policy. New York City and various Colorado municipalities have filed copycat actions.

“While today California cities sue energy manufacturers to make up for massive deficits, tomorrow we could see suits against other job creators.

“Our amicus brief should send a loud message that the rest of the nation will not stand idle while California tries to become its own regulatory empire.”

Attached, see the amicus brief filed April 19.

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Solar vs. Electric Utilities

In a September 20, 2014 posting, IEEE Spectrum comments on the eventual impact of distributed power generation, in particular solar installed on homes, upon the existing for-profit electric power generation corporations.

even a modest penetration of distributed solar bites into the earnings of utilities, the Berkeley Lab study found. If distributed solar photovoltaic adoption rose to the equivalent of 2.5 percent of utilities’ retail sales, it would cut shareholder earnings by 4 percent. Meanwhile, the impact on electricity rates for consumers was minimal—only 0.1 or 0.2 percent increase. As solar penetration goes higher, the economic impact rises along with it. In a scenario in which 10 percent of generation came from rooftop solar, the reduction in shareholder earnings ranged from five to more than 40 percent.

http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/energy/renewables/rooftop-solars-threat-to-utilities-by-the-numbers

IEEE observes that utility’s profits will be reduced if citizens are permitted to charge the utilities money for the electric that citizens generate and supply to the grid, even though the utilities pay only wholesale cost for this power and can re-sell it at a profit. IEEE says that the problem is that the citizens also are escaping from most of their need to purchase any electricity from the utilities, thus reducing their profits. I say the problem is we are thinking about it wrong: what we need is an electric power version of the Internet.

I say the problem is we are thinking about it wrong: what we need is an electric power version of the Internet.

The solution to this is simple, and requires 1. a return to defining a utility as a single entity, granted a legal monopoly for the convenience of the community, that acts as the sole provider of a necessary service to the community at its cost, as a public service, not for making a killing, and 2. a change in the reason for charging any fee to the citizenry such that the necessary grid and maintenance personnel are paid for and citizens only pay additionally for power that they do not generate themselves, rather than playing an accounting game with selling electricity back to the utility. In this way corporate exploitation is reduced to restore trust of the utility by the citizenry, and people have a financial incentive to do their part in transitioning civilization from a single point power generation model — feeding the power grid from one point with all other connections being end users — to a much more durable and safer distributed power generation model — feeding the power grid from thousands of points, so that harm to our civilization from power outages due to the loss of any one point due to floods, storms, or other disasters is isolated and minimized.

The best way to do this is … as we already do for highway infrastructure.

The best way to do this is for the State to assume ownership and financial operation of the utility levying taxes according to some fair standard set by the State legislature to pay all necessary costs associated with maintaining the infrastructure, as we already do for highway infrastructure, and charging citizens monthly for electric that they take from the grid. Adoption of solar electric panels on citizen’s homes and businesses could be more easily facilitated through the State obtaining a Federal grant for installation of solar, which the State could distribute to municipalities to pay contractors to assemble and install solar panels and related interface equipment on citizen’s homes and businesses.

The end result would eventually be a zero electric bill for most entities in the State with a small tax to cover grid maintenance and a much more rugged electric power distribution infrastructure. It would also permit us in Indiana to avoid the extreme price increases related to the Federal policy of punishing us for generating power by burning coal.


Utilities unprepared for EMP

Expert: U.S. utilities unprepared for EMP threats

http://www.securityinfowatch.com/article/11569907/dr-peter-pry-discusses-protecting-the-us-electric-grid-against-the-threat-of-electromagnetic-pulse

The existing paradigm for creating and distributing electrical power is obsolete and inefficient. It is time to change to a distributed network on each residential and commercial building with solar panels generating electricity independently of electric utilities. Readmore..