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Published on Jul 17, 2015
http://ProtectPWC.org | Prince William County's elected leaders have vowed to stand up against "corporate vandalism" in the form of Dominion Power and Amazon's plan to erect millions of dollars worth of power lines in an historic rural area at taxpayers' expense. Dominion Power has admitted that this plan is designed to serve only one customer, the online behemoth Amazon, which would like to create an industrial cloud storage plant in an area that does not currently have the electrical power this would require. It is also unclear where the plant would obtain the thousands of gallons of water required each day for cooling, as much as 3 Olympic swimming pools.
An alternative plan would be to lay the wires underground, and lawmakers and citizens alike are pushing for that option, even though it is less profitable for corporate interests. At stake are property values, health and well-being (studies show that proximity to power lines is a factor in cancer rates), and quality of life. In question is whether or not government is still able to serve the People in the age of unlimited corporate purchasing of political influence and, often, politicians themselves following the "Citizens United" Supreme Court decision.
What you see here are tough words from Prince William County's elected leaders. How could they possibly go back on this? Can you think of any reason at all?!? Let's hold them accountable to their own sense of civic duty and their own sense of right and wrong.