BY: David Dallas
Public Service Commission Chairman Lynn Posey of Union, along with Commissioner Brandon Presley of Nettleton and Commissioner Steve Renfro of Moss Point have looked like the Three Stooges in what is now the Kemper County Coal Plant Comedy Show. It should be mentioned that Commissioner Presley has started voting against the two Republican members of this tripped out and tripped up triumvirate. That’s right, the only person voting like a fiscal conservative on the Public Service Commission is a Democrat. That should tell you how bad things have gotten and just who the heck runs this show.
Initially, even before Renfro was there, there were the original Big Three of Leonard Bentz, Posey, and Presley and they were played as the Three Blind Mice. They willingly rubber stamped what was initially sold as a $2 Billion project by the real director of this farce, our former Governor… let’s just call him He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.
See, there’s been a lot of Harry-Potter-style wizardry going on around here in the magical world of Mississippi “Clean” Coal. So much so, Mississippians will need a life supply of polyjuice potion to keep from suffocating under the weight of this mess.
He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named had plenty of accomplices, like then-Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant (a.k.a. He-Who-Can-Not-Be-Shamed). In a highly irregular move, Bryant officially met with the PSC to pressure them to support the Kemper fiasco. Other accomplices included the Republican-controlled State Senate and the energy-contribution-hungry dopes and fiends in the Mississippi House.
But it didn’t stop at our borders. No. He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named used his Washington D.C. lobbyist influences to have Barack Obama’s Energy Secretary, Steven Chu, also send a letter pressuring the PSC to support the Kemper Plant. Nobody understands how the U.S. Department of Energy is the Ministry of Magic for the Fossil Fuel industry any better than You-Know-Who.
He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named planned all of this back in 2008 and bullied the legislature into passing a bill to repeal a Mississippi state law prohibiting pay for services before the benefit. He needed the law repealed for the sole purpose of paving the way for the Kemper County Coal Plant.