Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Cooper Launches Another Pointless Crusade

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2008 at 11:41 AM

I guess Congressman Jim Cooper has run out of ways to help Nashville. Lately, he’s started crusading against rural electric co-ops that waste the money of their members. He’s written a big paper titled "Electric Co-operatives: From New Deal to Bad Deal?" that was published in the Harvard Journal on Legislation, and he sits on a House committee that’s about to drag in two former officials of a co-op that’s in hot water in Texas. "Too many electric co-ops have turned away from their historic role as exciting, pro-consumer organizations and have instead taken on deeply troubling anti-consumer behaviors," Cooper writes in his paper. Too bad, as Cooper’s office concedes, there aren’t any such electric co-ops in his 5th District. But let’s not be selfish. We’re happy to loan our congressman’s time to help other places.

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