Who could object? The product would be green electricity serving local needs, engaging community members, especially First Nations, leaving no deleterious footprints on the environment. Small coastal villages had survived forever by sharing and protecting resources, matching one need with another. How could this go wrong?
It went wrong because the images of mechanical technology in harmony with nature were fraudulent. So were the concepts of mom and pop, locally based initiatives. It turns out the largest participant in British Columbia's private power generation is General Electric. And, who is GE? The world's second largest corporation, according to Forbes.
From the New York Times, G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether
The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States.These words are from blogger Dave Johnson's Today's Plutocracy Post:
Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.
In 1983 NY hotel-chain-owning billionaire Leona Helmsley said, "We don't pay taxes. Only the little people pay taxes..." As our country migrates from democracy to plutocracy, this more and more appears to be official policy. Again and again we see tax cuts for the wealthy few, tax breaks and subsidies for the big corporations that operate as fronts for those wealthy few, and budget cuts for the things We, the People (government) do to empower and protect each other.Welcome to British Columbia Mr. General Electric. Have at it.
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