In a move that is straight out of Goebbels’ play book or out of Vladimir Put’s current strategy guide, the Alabama Public Service Commission kicked off a recent meeting on power rates with a prayer against same-sex marriage and reproductive rights.
The prayer was offered up by John Delwin Jordan, a member of the Prattville Tea Party who was there to testify. He was lauded by Twinkle Cavanaugh, the head of the PSC. After Jordan asked if the attendees if they believed in the power of prayer, he said the prayer which concluded with “We’ve taken you out of our schools; we’ve taken you out of our prayers; we’ve murdered your children; we’ve said it’s OK to have same-sex marriage, God. We have sinned.”
The meeting was actually about the PSC’s pro-corporate bent, and the prayer created a major distraction. According to Birmingham News columnist John Archbald Cavannaugh and Alabama Power get “exactly what they want. They want the issue lost in passionate belief, an ideological tussle designed to pit tree-huggers against coal miners, conservationists against those concerned with jobs, liberals against conservatives.”
The meeting itself is about Alabama Power’s rate structure. Apparently, Alabama Power’s rates are excessively high for residential customers and excessively low for industry and corporations. IT also allows for the Alabama Power to write off the $8 million salary for CEO Charles McCrary under “Operations and Maintenance.” The company is also allowed to make hundres of millions in profits at the expense of residential customers instead of seeing that money pumped back into the economy of Alabama.
Alabama Power is a government regulated monopoly.