Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Indiana Supreme Court Decision Allows Rockport Deal To Go Forward, Utility Consumers Be Damned
It's going to make hundreds of millions of dollars for political cronies of former Gov. Mitch Daniels, but it will hit the wallets of the state's natural gas users hard as they are forced to pay higher utility rates to finance Leucadia's coal gasification plant at Rockport. The Indiana Supreme Court's decision today turning back an appeal by opponents of the project ensures that the corrupt deal that should have been investigated by the FBI will go forward. “We won a complete and total victory,” said Leucadia projct manager Mark Lubbers boasted to the media. Lubbers is a former gubernatorial assistant to Gov. Daniels who was able to work the one-sided deal for Leucadia while drawing a paycheck as a contract employee of the governor's office. Indiana utility consumers will pay the price for this corrupt deal for decades to come, but as long as Mitch's buddies get super rich the Keith Bulen way at your expense, that's all that matters. The Indiana General Assembly shares a great deal of the blame because of its utter failure to exercise independent judgment, let alone represent their constituents, by giving their approval to the deal.