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August 18, 2003

Anti-Labor Utility Cause of Blackout?

Hardly surprising that anti-labor criminals also violate other laws protecting the public. Look at MCI. Look at Enron. And now look Akron-based FirstEnergy which ABCNEWS notes has "a long record of troubling safety, operational and financial problems" and may be the origin of last week's blackout.

Unionized employees complain the company cut back on workers who maintain its transmission lines. In addition, its Ohio nuclear plant was shut down by federal regulators last year because of safety violations, including a football-sized hole in the top of the reactor vessel.
And with this record, the company was of course a marginalized corporate outlaw, unacceptable in polite company. Of course.
In June, the CEO of FirstEnergy, Peter Burg, hosted a fund-raiser for Vice President Dick Cheney that raised $600,000 for President Bush's re-election campaign.

And when he first prepared to move into the White House, Bush appointed the president of FirstEnergy, Anthony Alexander, to serve on the administration's energy transition team.

Enron, First Energy-- the Bush's corporate energy team looks like a Who's Who of corporate criminals.

How about opening up records on your Energy Task Force, Dick?

Posted by Nathan at August 18, 2003 08:32 PM