September 7, 2003

Energy is the gorilla which cast the shadow over Davis’s governorship.
It is THE issue. But it hardly spoken these days. Might be smart for us
to speak energy right now. To look at the California so-called energy
crisis which was and still is a blackmail. And to mull deeply what
the following revelations mean for our future.

This energy blackmail was engineered by Republicans (Gov. Wilson
and helpers who are now the chief Arnold advisors and the 2
Republican Bush presidencies) These Republicans bowed to
Enron and other energy companies who wanted deregulation
and secret bookkeeping rules so they could quietly manipulate
electricity prices whenever they are seized by another attack of
greed. With their shams hidden from public view, they could
blame high prices and phony electricity shortages they had
purposely created on Davis and/or environmentalists.

At the time many of us headed by unions shouted “Blackmail”
across the state with demonstrations and facts. San Francisco
Chronicle called the energy “shortage”more fiction than fact.
See the fiction exposed in a clip from the docu-poemvideo SunMt
produced for the California Labor Federation 2 years ago.
Click here. This is a 3-minute clip loaded with info we all
need to have in our heads and hearts when we vote on October 7.

Because many of us cannot
view video yet, SunMt will
run 2+ pages of every
Chronicle — first one with
stills; the rest with video.

As the paper moon energy crisis faded, some Enron officials
including the head crook Kenneth Ley fearing that Davis would
take steps to re-regulate California's power market that Lay s
pent years lobbying California lawmakers to open up to competition, recruited Schwarzenegger, Riordan, Milken, and other powerful
business leaders like Bruce Karatz, chief executive of home builder
Kaufman &Broad; Ray Irani, chief executive of Occidental
Petroleum; and Kevin Sharer, chief executive of biotech giant Amgen.
They had a secret meeting. Click here to read full story.

As the energy issue loses its “news” value, the sordid details
are seeping slowly up from the corporate sewer. Hold your
nose and check the stink by clicking here.

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