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Public Media Center

A public relations firm named the Public Media Center (website) has been phone canvassing on behalf of Proposition 7. Following are transcripts of two of the messages, neither of which identifies the proposition by name, and both of which attempt to villainize opposition to the proposition by identifying it with two of the state's regulated private utilities.

August 27, 4:11PM:
Hello, this is a solar and renewable energy message from the Public Media Center. The big utilities, P, G, and E, and Southern California Edison are spending 23 million dollars on misleading TV commercials to defeat renewable energy standards for the utilities. Remember, it was the big utilities that caused the rolling blackouts, and then gave their executives millions of dollars in bonuses. Call P, G, and E, and Southern California Edison and tell them to stop raising our rates, and to obey our state's energy laws. We are the Public Media Center. For over thirty years, we have fought for consumers, and have always supported renewable energy. If you wish to be removed from our consumer alert list, call 866 854 8578.

September 3, 12:05PM:
Hello, this is a message from the Public Media Center. Did you know that last year P, G, and E, and and Southern Cal Edison paid their two CEO's over 21 million dollars in salaries and bonuses? Now these same utilities are spending 23 million dollars on TV commercials to confuse us about a renewable energy proposition. However, California's major newspapers report that the solar energy proposition enjoys widespread public support, and that it will require all utilities to obey renewable energy standards. Learn more and decide for yourself. We are the Public Media Center. If you wish to be removed from our consumer alert list, call 866 854 8578.

Contrary to the Public Media Center's description of the California Electricity Crisis , energy brokers like Enron, Reliant, and Dynergy caused the blackouts by shutting down plants to create an artificial shortage, charging the utilities, in some cases, electricity rates elevated several thousand percent. The scam, which ultimately robbed the state of tens of billions of dollars, was made possible by deregulation -- a complex regulatory scheme bearing some resemblances to Proposition 7.

The Public Media Center's list of "partners" includes groups that have signed onto the NoProp7, or Californians Aganist Another Costly Energy Scheme campaign, such as the California League of Conservation Voters. 1  


References

1. Who we work with, PublicMediaCenter.org, [cached]