Who is working for whom in state and federal government, which is funded by our tax dollars to help our people? State lawmakers rushed through a bill that cuts more than $12 million in state revenue to bail out a bankrupt company in hopes of keeping an uncompetitive coal-fired plant running.
In two days time, and with no input from any expert outside observers on the potential impact of the bill, West Virginia lawmakers have rushed through a bill that cuts $12.5 million in annual state revenue to bail out a bankrupt company in hopes of keeping an uncompetitive coal-fired power plant running.
Meanwhile, a West Virginia University environmental lawyer and economist says he isn't convinced even the $12 million could keep the plant operational.
"It just doesn’t make sense, but I don’t think the Legislature gave it a whole lot of scrutiny,” said James Van Nostrand, director of WVU's Center for Energy and Sustainable Development and professor of law. “First Energy said that’s what we need to keep the coal plant open, then everybody just falls in line and passes it.”