Tuesday, June 23, 2009

[VA c3 Board] Fwd: [Statevoices] FW: News and Links for Friday June 19th

MESSAGE:

-Energy: New Report (with state-by-state statistics) Shows That Waxman-Markey Will Create $1.7 Million Clean Energy Jobs

-Health Care:
Obstructionist GOP Senators "Just Saying No" To Health Care Reform That Will Lower Costs and Increase Choice for Hard-Working Americans

-Health Care: The GOP "Alternative" Plan Unravels The Employer-Based System and Keeps Insurance and Drug Companies In Charge

NEWS:

HEALTH CARE
ENERGY
ECONOMY AND RECOVERY
SOTOMAYOR
POLLING
OPPOSITION WATCH
WHAT TO WATCH

MESSAGE 1 (ENERGY):


YESTERDAY, THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS AND POLITICAL ECONOMY RESEARCH INSTITUTE (PERI) AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AT AMHERST RELEASED A REPORT SHOWING THAT CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY INITIATIVES WILL CREATE $150 BILLION IN INVESTMENT AND ADD 1.7 MILLION JOBS TO THE US ECONOMY.
http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/18/more-studies-extoll-virtues-of-green-jobs/#more-13057

* Link to PERI report:
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/06/clean_energy.html

* See the executive summary:
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/06/pdf/peri_report_execsumm.pdf

* See the PERI report's state-by-state fact sheets showing how investment in clean energy will create jobs and spur investment in all fifty states.
http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2009/06/clean_energy_factsheets.htmlver

* ThinkProgress: http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2009/06/18/clean-energy-jobs-report/

MATERIALS ARE ALL ATTACHED HERE AS WELL

MESSAGE 2 (HEALTH CARE):


Republicans Want To Keep Insurance Companies In Charge.

• The Coburn/Burr “alternative plan” would keep insurance companies in charge by failing to provide sufficient protections against abusive insurance company practices – like denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

• The Coburn/Burr plan would also unravel the employer based system, and replace it with an insufficient tax credit that doesn’t even cover half of the average family’s medical costs.


HEALTH CARE


WaPo: REFORM BEING BLOCKED BY OBSTRUCTIONISTS IN CONGRESS "President Obama's hopes for quick action on comprehensive health-care reform ran headlong this week into the realities of Congress, as lawmakers searching for the money to pay for a broad expansion of coverage discovered that it wasn't easy to find and descended into partisan -- and intraparty -- bickering. A set of unexpectedly high cost estimates -- arcane data that nevertheless carry enormous import in the legislative process -- sent shockwaves along Pennsylvania Avenue and forced one key committee to delay action on its bill, probably until after the July 4 recess."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/18/AR2009061804109.html

HOUSE RELEASES TRI-COMMITTEE HEALTH CARE PLAN -- PELOSI: THERE WILL BE A PUBLIC OPTION "Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed snags in Senate health care reform negotiations and insisted Thursday the House will pass a bill that includes a government run health care option to compete with private insurers."
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/06/18/pelosi-there-will-be-public-option-in-house-health-care-bill/

**VIDEO: "Uninsured Again" from TIME**
"Denise Prosser has battled health problems and cancer, with and without insurance. Now her husband has been laid off, and she's once again uninsured."
* Watch here: http://www.time.com/time/video/?bcpid=1485842900&bctid=16675428001

TIME HIGHLIGHTS COMPARATIVE EFFECTIVENESS RESEARCH "Now a noted oncologist turned White House health adviser, [Ezekial] Emanuel has spent much of his career battling the that's-what-we-do-here mentality of American medicine. "It drives me nuts — the ignorance is overwhelming," he says. "I'm a data-driven guy. I want to see evidence." It turns out that Emanuel's boss, budget director Peter Orszag, is also a data-driven guy, as is Orszag's boss, the President of the United States. They've already stuffed $1.1 billion into the stimulus bill to jump-start "comparative effectiveness research" into which treatments work best in which situations. Now they're pushing to overhaul the entire health-care sector by year's end, and they're determined to replace ignorance with evidence, to create a data-driven system, to shift one-sixth of the economy from "that's what we do here" to "that's what works.'"
http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1905340,00.html

OBAMA NOW POISED TO PASS HEALTH CARE LEGISLATION "In their heart of hearts, few in the Obama administration would have predicted late last year that they would be this well positioned by June to achieve a major victory on health care. As the economy faltered, and attention focused on Wall Street and Detroit, it seemed unthinkable that Congress would be ready to devote the summer of 2009 to the costly proposition of providing health coverage for all, a goal that has eluded presidents since Theodore Roosevelt."
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/19/us/politics/19reform.html?ref=todayspaper

FINANCE COMMITTEE HEALTH REFORM OUTLINE
Ezra Klein: "A Senate source just passed me the latest outline of the Senate Finance Committee's health reform proposal. This is the post-CBO revision. Apparently, after the committee staff received the scores, they dug deep and quickly developed this proposal to circulate among members and then send back to CBO. It was presented earlier today at a closed-door meeting."
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2009/06/exclusive_the_finance_committe.html?hpid=topnews

BIPARTISAN GROUP OF 7 SENATORS ON HEALTH CARE "Seven senators have formed a bipartisan group to find consensus on health-care reform legislation, a sign of fresh momentum after a week of setbacks." It's Baucus, Grassley, Conrad, Hatch, Snowe, and Enzi so far, by the way.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/health-care-reform/2009/06/bipartisan_group_forms_to_tack.html

SEN. GRASSLEY "ON THE FENCE" ON HEALTH CARE REFORM "As the senators filed out of the Oval Office after a meeting on health-care legislation last week, President Obama pulled aside Sen. Charles E. Grassley for a brief one-on-one. He didn't mention the Twitter message the Iowa Republican had fired off the previous Sunday morning, railing against Obama's pre-recorded radio address that was delivered while the president enjoyed a night out overseas: "Pres Obama while u sightseeing in Paris u said 'time to delivr on healthcare,' " the senator wrote from the living room of his Iowa grain farm. ". . . When you are a 'hammer' u think evrything is NAIL I'm no NAIL.'"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/18/AR2009061803782.html

PRIVATE INSURERS VOCAL IN HEALTH CARE REFORM "Don't expect the private insurance industry to go away under any kind of health-care reform initiative. That's because most key health-reform measures gaining momentum in Washington not only leave private health plans intact but also may give them a greater role."
http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/chi-tc-biz-healthcare-0618-0619-jun19,0,3512484.story

DASCHLE: BIPARTISAN HEALTH REFORM POSSIBLE "To understand the profound political difficulties inherent in reforming our health care system, one need only turn to recent headlines in POLITICO: “Dems vs. Dems on Health Bill”; “A Moderate Bloc on Health Care?”; “Health Plans Abound for GOP.” Clearly, reaching consensus on health care reform is a significant challenge, but we can no longer afford to wait. "
http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=F68A21C8-18FE-70B2-A8B903C242892345

ENERGY

WINNING OVER THE FARM BELT ON WAXMAN-MARKEY "House Democrats are on the verge of a deal with rebelling Farm Belt legislators on a climate-change bill, a move that could pave the way for a full House vote on legislation as soon as next week. Dozens of Democrats -- mostly from Midwest agricultural states -- are concerned that the bill, which aims to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, could disproportionately raise energy prices for residents and businesses in their states. Lawmakers and industry officials close to the negotiations said the two sides could reach an agreement within days, under which rural utilities could receive a small share of free emission credits -- less than 1% of the total that would be handed out. The credits allow the holder to emit a certain amount of greenhouse gases."
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124537051280829707.html#

PELOSI "PAVING THE WAY" FOR WAXMAN-MARKEY "A flurry of meetings in Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) office has led to a near-deal on the climate change bill, perhaps paving the way for the bill to be brought to the floor by the July 4 recess.

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) is close to an agreement with Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), who at the beginning of the week was warning of a rural Democrat “revolt” over the legislation if not changed…Rep. Mary Bono Mack (Calif.), the only Republican to support the legislation in the Energy and Commerce Committee, described the concerns of those Republicans as being about “Jobs. Jobs, jobs jobs, and the cost to their constituents.” “I don’t think anyone’s a hard ‘no,’” Bono Mack said."
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/pelosi-courts-both-sides-to-thaw-frozen-climate-bill-2009-06-18.html

YALE 360 ENVIRON GETS QUOTES FROM 11 ENVIRO LEADERS ON WAXMAN-MARKEY "As carbon cap-and-trade legislation works it way through Congress, the environmental community is intensely debating whether the Waxman-Markey bill is the best possible compromise or a fatally flawed initiative. Yale Environment 360 asked 11 prominent people in the environmental and energy fields for their views on this controversial legislation."
http://e360.yale.edu/content/feature.msp?id=2163

COAL FIGHTS WAXMAN
"The coal industry is pushing back against a climate change bill that would likely curb coal use by circulating a map that shows which states would see their electric bills increase the most under the legislation. But supporters of the bill say the industry’s figures are off the mark and don’t factor in ways the bill will offset rising energy costs or the jobs that it will create. Lobbying has intensified with Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) pressing for a floor vote next week. Waxman reported progress on Thursday in talks with Democrats from rural states who have criticized the bill for not doing enough to protect consumers from higher energy costs."
http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/coal-lobby-fights-back-on-climate-bill-2009-06-18.html

DUPONT CRITICIZES, MISREPRESENTS WAXMAN-MARKEY IN WSJ OPEN "Two months ago this column offered an analysis of the Waxman-Markey global warming bill, its enormous cost and its practical impossibilities. Sometime in the next few weeks Congress will begin consideration of the bill, one of the priorities of the Obama administration and the Al Gore enthusiasts who think that Earth will die unless the governments of the world regulate our electricity, energy, autos, economies and backyards. They do not seem to believe that energy is of any significance to our economy or our people. But the truth is it matters to all of us--to those who drive, heat our houses and run businesses, cities, towns, hospitals and schools. So they have put together the "cap and trade" bill, the goal of which is to control the annual amount of CO2 emissions that will be permitted. First comes setting the "cap," the amount a business is permitted to emit, and then "trade," allowing them to buy permits to emit more CO2 or sell permits if their emissions are lower. It will be the largest and widest intervention by government into the lives of Americans since the 1940s."
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124529064317626263.html?mod=googlenews_wsj#printMode

GAZPROM AND DOW: ALLIES ON EMISSIONS
"Gazprom, the energy company, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dow Chemical Company to expand trading in carbon dioxide emission credits intended to slow climate change, a business that is a growing sideline for the Russian company.
Best known for its sales of natural gas and crude oil, which produce heat-trapping carbon dioxide, Gazprom is an emerging player in the market for credits that companies can buy or trade to comply with national or international rules on greenhouse gas emissions. Under the memorandum, Gazprom and Dow agreed to look at opportunities where Dow technologies could be used to reduce carbon emissions, thus generating the emission credits. The companies agreed to look at opportunities worldwide."
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/19/business/energy-environment/19ruble.html?ref=energy-environment&pagewanted=print

US TECH HELPS CLEAN ENERGY WORLDWIDE
"Finding an economical way to capture carbon dioxide from existing coal burning power plants is key to getting China to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions as well as for U.S. efforts to combat global warming, says a study being released Friday.
The report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology concludes that the United States cannot meet its targets for stabilizing greenhouse gases unless it finds a way to economically capture carbon dioxide emissions coming from existing coal-burning power plants. Coal plants generate about half of the country's electricity and 80 percent of the nearly 2 billion tons of carbon dioxide released annually into the atmosphere from power production. China also relies heavily on coal for electricity production and in the last five years has been on a rush to build new coal plants - none of them designed to capture carbon dioxide."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/19/AR2009061900342.html

CASH FOR CLUNKERS PASSES IN SENATE
"The Senate approved a $1 billion program yesterday to give vouchers to consumers who trade in their gas-guzzling clunkers for more fuel-efficient models -- a move that dealers hope will revive slumping auto sales. Congressional leaders attached the legislation to a $106 billion spending bill to fund troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. The spending bill passed by a 91 to 5 vote but not before some Republican lawmakers unsuccessfully sought to strip the measure from the bill. "Let's not add a billion dollars of unnecessary debt," said Sen. Judd Gregg (R-N.H.) during the Senate floor debate. Dealers, unions, trade groups and automakers have been lobbying for months for the legislation in hopes that it would stop the streak of dismal U.S. auto sales."The simple fact is that we need to get Americans into car showrooms, and this is the bill that will do it," Rep. Candice S. Miller (R-Mich.), a co-sponsor of the legislation, said in a statement."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/18/AR2009061804060_pf.html

ECONOMY AND RECOVERY

COVERAGE OF FINANCIAL REFORM PACKAGE
* WP: "The Federal Reserve, which has been at the center of the government rescue of the financial system, is now on the hot seat, with a debate on Capitol Hill emerging over its responsibility for the crisis and its proper role in preventing such events in the future. Lawmakers are simultaneously annoyed that the Fed did not do more to rein in the bad lending and other financial excesses that led to the financial crisis and recession, and wary of the Fed's aggressive steps over the past two years to combat them. The criticism of the Fed is increasingly loud, bipartisan and from both chambers of Congress"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/18/AR2009061804110.html

* WSJ: "President Obama’s plan to overhaul the regulatory structure of the nation’s financial system faces formidable obstacles on Capitol Hill, if the reception accorded Timothy F. Geithner, the Treasury secretary, on Thursday was any indication. Mr. Geithner went before the Senate banking committee and urged the lawmakers to act quickly on the president’s plan. “Every financial crisis of the last generation has sparked some effort at reform,” Mr. Geithner said. “But past efforts have begun too late, after the will to act has subsided.”"
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/19/business/19treasury.html?ref=todayspaper
** See also WSJ's "Corporate Lenders Get Hit" on effect of Obama reform legislation on major corporate lenders: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124536885417929459.html#mod=todays_us_page_one

SOTOMAYOR

REPUBLICANS QUESTION WHETHER SOTOMAYOR WILL REPRESENT "ALL OF US"
It's Cornyn: "A GOP senator said Thursday he will use hearings on Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court to ask whether she intends to be a justice "for all of us, or just for some of us."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090619/ap_on_go_co/us_sotomayor_supreme_court

SOTOMAYOR FOCUSED ON POOR IN NY WHILE ON BOARD OF NY MORTGAGE AGENCY "Time and again, Sonia Sotomayor challenged her fellow board members at the State of New York Mortgage Agency, asking pointed questions about its work: What of the poor? As we help build new neighborhoods upon the rubble of the old, are we abandoning those with the lowest incomes?"
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/19/us/19mortgage.html?ref=global-home

SOTOMAYOR'S COURTESY CALLS PREVIEW HER RESPONSES FOR CONFIRMATION HEASR "In visits with 71 senators during the past two weeks, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has essentially begun the first round of the confirmation process by previewing her answers to some of the questions senators are likely to ask."
http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/judicial/2009-06-18-sotomayor-senate_N.htm

POLLING

POLLING SAYS...AMERICANS HAVE ALWAYS WORRIED ABOUT DEFICITS "The government ran budget deficits in the 1980s, during the Reagan Administration, and Americans worried about them then too. In Gallup Polls conducted in the 1980s, just over eight in 10 Americans said the deficit was a serious problem, including about six in 10 who called it very serious. A few years later, in 1990, a CBS News/New York Times Poll found that 76 percent said the deficit was a serious problem that needed immediate action. Just 16 percent said it was serious but didn't need to be solved immediately, and only three percent rated it not serious.

In more recent polls, the public has shown similar levels of concern about the deficit. In February 2005, fully 90 percent of the public said the deficit was a serious problem in the country, including 52 percent who called it very serious."
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/06/18/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry5095949.shtml

CBS/NYT: OBAMA POPULARITY INTACT
From earlier this week, "Republican criticism of Barack Obama's handling of the economy and other issues does not appear to be having much effect on the president's popularity, a new CBS News/New York Times poll finds. Mr. Obama's overall approval rating now stands at 63 percent, unchanged from last month. Just one in four Americans says they disapprove of the president. "
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/17/politics/main5094528.shtml

CBS/NYT: US PESSIMISTIC ABOUT ECONOMY
"More than eight in ten Americans now describe the economy in negative terms. Forty-eight percent characterize it as "fairly bad," while another 36 percent call it "very bad.'"
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/06/17/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry5094230.shtml

CBS/NYT: SOTOMAYOR WHO?
"Half cannot say whether or not the Senate should confirm Sotomayor, though nearly four times as many favor her confirmation than oppose it. Confirmation hearings for Sotomayor are expected to begin next month. At this point, 34 percent say the Senate should vote to confirm Sotomayor, compared with 9 percent who say it should vote against her. The poll, conducted June 12 - 16, found more than half of Americans cannot say one way or the other."
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/17/opinion/polls/main5094591.shtml

CBS/NYT: CLOSE GUANTANAMO
"Forty-eight percent of Americans want the facilities closed, while slightly fewer – 40 percent – believe they should be kept open. In April, by contrast, more Americans supported keeping the prison open (47 percent) than supported closing it (40 percent)."
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/06/17/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry5094530.shtml

CBS/NYT: SUPPORT FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE DECLINES SLIGHTLY "Most Americans support some legal recognition of a same-sex couple’s relationship. The poll found 33 percent favor marriage for same-sex couples, down somewhat from a high of 42 percent in April, and another 30 percent support civil unions. A third of Americans think there should be no legal recognition of a same-sex couple’s relationship. Views in this poll are similar to those found back in March of this year."
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/06/17/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry5094597.shtml

OPPOSITION WATCH


MORE ENSIGN TROUBLES -- LINKS TO FIRM WHERE HAMPTONS WORKED "Earlier today, we reported that both Hampton and his son, Brandon, landed jobs with Allegiant Air, whose CEO, Maurice Gallagher, is a major Ensign financial backer. The fact that Ensign has close links to both of the companies that have reportedly employed Doug Hampton since he left Ensign's office last year suggests that the Nevada senator may have been made a special push to find employment for Hampton, perhaps in an effort to prevent the affair from becoming public."
http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/06/ensign_has_close_ties_to_second_firm_that_employed.php?ref=fpa

COBURN JOINS POSEY ON BIRTH CERTIFICATE ABSURDITY
"WND has reported on a federal plan in the U.S. House by Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., that would require documentation of eligibility from presidential candidates, and Coburn confirmed he would view that positively."
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=101492

GOP REPACKAGES COAL COMPANY DOCUMENT AS OWN
"Two employees of Peabody Energy are listed in the metadata of the map document: Chairman and CEO Greg Boyce and Communications Manager Chris Taylor. The congressmen opposing climate change legislation — Reps. Lucas, Graves, and Hastings — are simply copying-and-pasting information that has been directly fed to them by Peabody Energy."
http://thinkprogress.org/2009/06/18/peabody-gop/

KAPTUR OVER TO GOP

"Roll Call, Kaptur "has been passing out maps contending that most states would lose out under the cap-and-trade bill crafted by Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Energy and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.)." It is unclear whether the maps Kaptur is handing out are Peabody's maps."
http://www.rollcall.com/news/36021-1.html

BOEHNER ADMITS STIMULUS EFFECTIVE
"BOENHER: I'm pleased that federal officials stepped in to order Ohio to use all of its construction dollars for shovel-ready projects that will create much-needed jobs."
http://mediamattersaction.org/blog/200906180003

CNBC CLAIMS THOSE PREYED ON BY PREDATORY LENDERS WERE "STUPID," "NAIVE," OR "SUCKERS"
"A host of CNBC talking heads — from Dennis Kneale and Joe Watkins to Larry Kudlow — said that the new agency is actually meant to advance an insidious liberal plot to force banks into making loans to poor people that can’t pay them back. And anyway, the very notion of consumer protection is unnecessary because only “stupid,” “naive,” “suckers” and “idiots” wound up with a subprime mortgage or unfair credit card contract. Watch a compilation:
http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2009/06/18/cnbc-on-cpa/

WHAT TO WATCH


CRITICISM: TREASURY DEPARTMENT UNDER SCRUTINY W/R/T BAILOUT, AIG PROBE "A Treasury Department challenge to the authority of government bailout watchdog Neil M. Barofsky came just as he had begun a sensitive investigation of the department's role in approving bonuses to executives of insurance giant AIG, sources said Thursday. Department lawyers had sent a message to Barofsky, special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, suggesting that lawyer-client privilege could restrict some of his inquiries. Within a day, Barofsky was assured there would be no impediment to his audits, and all requested documents were provided to his office."
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-tarp-inspector19-2009jun19,0,1860431.story

CRITICISM: FORECLOSURES CONTINUE DESPITE OBAMA PLAN
"The Obama administration's $75 billion program to reduce foreclosures has been beset by backlogs and delays, leading many overstretched homeowners to complain about unreturned phone calls and inaccurate information from lenders, while others say they were denied help for reasons that weren't clear. Details of the plan were unveiled in early March. The goal is to prevent up to 4 million foreclosures by having banks modify loans into more affordable monthly payments. Since its debut, the plan has led to offers of more than 190,000 mortgage modifications with lower monthly payments, according to the Treasury Department."
http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/housing/2009-06-18-obama-plan-mortgages_N.htm

CRITICISM: WSJ's "CEOs of Bailed-Out Banks Flew to Resorts on Firms' Jets"
"Some executives at banks propped up by government aid have retained a coveted perk: personal use of the company jet. Flight records show numerous occasions when banks receiving federal money have flown their planes to destinations near resorts or executives' vacation homes, including spots in Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, south Florida and Aspen, Colo. The Wall Street Journal identified 14 federally aided banks that register planes under their own names. It reviewed Federal Aviation Administration flight records for these planes from October, when the bank aid program began, through mid-March, the latest information the Journal was able to examine."
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124536271699529031.html#mod=todays_us_page_one

CLAIM: SOLAR POWER PLANT DEVELOPERS IN CA CLAIM THEY'RE BEING PRESSURED TO USE UNION LABOR "As California moves to license dozens of huge solar power plants to meet the state’s renewable energy goals, some developers contend they are being pressured to sign agreements pledging to use union labor. If they refuse, they say, they can count on the union group to demand costly environmental studies and deliver hostile testimony at public hearings. If they commit at the outset to use union labor, they say, the environmental objections never materialize. Union leaders acknowledge that they make aggressive use of the environmental laws, but say they do it out of genuine concern for the sustainability of California’s power industry, not just as a negotiating tactic."
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/19/business/energy-environment/19unions.html?ref=todayspaper

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