There’s a story on JSOnline pointing out the how much democrats really feel about the Constitution.
The PSC, which oddly enough is an acronym for the PUBLIC Service Commission, is requiring utilities to lobby legislators to adopt the policies of Gov. Jim (The Dictator) Doyle’s global warming task force. Now if you’re not sure what global warming is, go outside without a jacket and see if you can last 10 minutes, that’s the democrat’s definition of global warming.
In case you haven’t figured this out yet, requiring somebody or some company to lobby for legislation whether you agree on it or not violates the 1st Amendment of the Constitution……
A Green Bay utility says state regulators overstepped their bounds and violated its free-speech rights by requiring that the company lobby the Legislature in support of Gov. Jim Doyle’s global warming task force.
The bill reflecting the findings of the task force has not yet been drafted. But language in a Public Service Commission decision that set electricity rates for customers of Wisconsin Public Service Corp. tells the utility that it “should” support a proposal adopted by the Global Warming Task Force last year to expand the amount of renewable energy used in the state by 2025.
“This is kind of like a police officer picking up someone for speeding on I-43 and saying, ‘If you write a check to the Police Benevolent Association, we’ll forget about this whole speeding deal,’?” said Rep. Phil Montgomery, (R-Ashwaubenon), the leading voice in the Republican caucus on energy issues.
Business groups concerned about the cost of global warming mandates chimed in against the commission’s decision.
“In trying to force a regulated utility to lobby on behalf of the task force provisions, we think the agency clearly was overreaching here and sending us down a very slippery slope,” said Todd Stuart, executive director of the Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group.
Along with the other state utilities on the task force, WPS had voted in favor of the recommendations last year when the panel was considering a menu of proposals – including a proposal to increase the amount of renewable energy that state utilities supply to Wisconsin residents. But that’s far different from agreeing to support a bill, Montgomery said.
Montgomery was a co-author of a bill that required utilities to get 10% of their energy from wind turbines and other sources of renewable energy by 2015. But he worries that a 25% mandate by 2025 would drive up electricity rates.
The fact that the language requiring the utility to lobby for the bill was included in a rate case decided by the PSC, a quasi-judicial body, irked Montgomery.
“The two are not connected. Since when is it the job of a government agency to tell you that you must lobby for a piece of legislation that has not even been written yet?” Montgomery asked. “This is unheard of.”
Does this make anybody else a bit cranky?