Consumers should be worried. They have no organized voice at the table.
The usual process for negotiating energy bills is now broken. That process, flawed as it was, pitted various utilities and energy producers against each other, so suppliers of natural gas and other traditional sources had some say. But with ComEdís scandal still unfolding, Pritzker said, ďI am not going to sign an energy bill written by the utility companies,Ē and he has long been on record as a global warmist.
That makes its open season for climate extremists.
U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
The leading bill is a statistís dream and cost doesnít matter to supporters. Itís called CEJA, the Clean Energy Jobs Act. As we wrote earlier, itís ike Alexandria Ocasio-Cortezís concept of a Green New Deal for the nation. Its central goal is totally eliminating non-renewable sources, including nuclear and natural gas. Worse, it would attempt an entire remake of much of the economy to center on renewables. Itís a 365-page monstrosity of bureaucratic overreach, brimming with social justice goals.
If you think CUB, the Citizenís Utility Board, is still looking out for ordinary consumers, forget it. It has been captured by the renewables industry and supports CEJA.
Business groups including the Illinois Manufacturers Association and Illinois Chamber of Commerce are lobbying for some sanity in the process, but their interests donít always align with ordinary consumers. And business interests arenít exactly a priority in Springfield.
Who will even tell the story objectively as it unfolds? I am aware of just one reporter who understands the complex utility industry Ė Steve Daniels at Crainís. Aside from him, the narrative will be controlled by the uber-powerful renewables industry and warmists.
So, brace yourselves to get snowed. And I certainly donít mean that literally because what Illinois does sure as heck wonít actually help reduce temperatures.
However AOC has an answer