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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11414) 28 days ago
Want proof that corporate boards are ridiculously greedy? Have a solidly Repugnican PSC that will give you anything you want and proceed to ask for so much, even the solidly Repugnican PSC votes unanimously to deny your request. Was Northwestern serious? Expecting Montanans to pay $1.9 billion?
https://billingsgazette.c...f91ac.html
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+16584) 28 days ago
Amorette, I certainly see your point. But on the other hand, why not pay welfare for Colstrip? We just fished out $1.8 billion in welfare. Having some backup electric capacity seems like a good idea going forward.

I agree with the PSC commissioners who said this is too burdensome on the ratepayers, but is worth further exploring. Keeping Colstrip 4 in operation seems to me to be a benefit to society.
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Posted by Amorette Allison (+11414) 28 days ago
I'm assuming you are being sarcastic.
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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+16584) 27 days ago
Not this time. I've always been pro-coal, pro-oil & gas (I'm a Montana tech grad, its in my blood).

There's a looming giant cleanup bill associated with Colstrip. Seems like keeping it up and running to help pay for that would be worthwhile. That said, I am also a strong proponent for instituting a carbon tax.
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