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    Yes, a very small part of the electric industry is municipally owned.  But the private electric industry and the cooperatives and even the municipal utilities are heavily pressured to NOT build more infrastructure that would improve reliability because of NIMBY idiots. To play the NIMBY role and then complain when the lights go out is the epitomy of hypocrisy.

    The point of Kristoff's Op-Ed is that tax cutting has lead to electric unreliability. There is NO connection between the two: NONE!!  Small municipally owned utilities basically pay their own way when it comes to electrical costs.  The only thing that comes even close are the coops that are a part of rural electrification.  

    The problem is a heavy disincentive to work around all the obstacles that the NIMBY crowd keep putting in the way. Utilities just patch the old system over and over again and keep getting by.  Eventually that method will fail but they (all of them - private, municiple and cooperative) are  constantly forced to back down every time they try to fix system problems.

    Science attempts to answer WHAT. Religion contemplates WHY. Politics settles for WHO CARES.

    by nuketeacher on Thu Nov 22, 2012 at 08:11:52 AM PST

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