Metro Pulse – my comment on Held article

Metro Pulse comment on Held article
February 21, 2011

There is such obfuscation, misguided and erroneous information in Mr. Held’s article that is difficult to put in perspective what he has said. The first point is “where is he coming from”?

Well it appears he’s representing a “street organizer’s” viewpoint and with the exception of a few benign comments from seemingly opposing positions on “green” power, he is just another ideologue aping our major domo street organizer in Washington.

He apparently knows nothing of the history of the program which he uses as the title of his piece, “TVA’s Green Power Switch?” omitting anything about the current status of that fraudulent program.

TVA is very reluctant to release any information about the finances of the Green Power Switch program. In 2010, TVA spent over $500,000 more than expenses to run that program which immediately should be abolished. All funds TVA has received under the imaginary “blocks” of electricity also should be refunded for the simple reason that TVA has fraudulently implied that Green Power Switch moneys go to “green” projects or programs; they explicitly go into TVA’s general power mix and are not allocated specifically to any green program or project.

This is like donating money to your grocery store because they’ve done such a good job keeping their grocery carts in good repair. Most feel like they pay enough for their food supplies already.

So far, the TVA Office of Inspector General has refused to provide GPS program certification information as requested through the TVA Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This certification is required from an independent certifying agency before TVA can post a “Green Energy” logo.

My original request for information on the Green Power Switch program began in June 2010 in an attempt to find out how and where the GPS money was spent. I have received only the smallest bits of information so far. My second FOIA request specifically was for the records on TVA’s OIG “Green-E” certification and the correspondences between TVA OIG and the independent certifying agency. That agency is perfectly willing to provide me with that information but the TVA OIG has so far refused to divulge it.

This is an ongoing battle between a federal agency, even though required by federal law, and the public to obtain pertinent data about TVA. TVA has been very uncooperative and at this point, it appears TVA will continue its refusal unless required by a higher court.

Check with your federal representatives on this for their opinion.

Ernest Norsworthy

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