Check out the agenda of the EUCI's 5th Annual Public Participation in Transmission Siting Conference slated to take place in Vegas in early January. Specifically, look at who's taking the mic at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 10th. Yup, it's our lil' coal-fella and his happy, smiley compatriot from AEP. They will be "educating" participants as follows:
LEVERAGING LESSONS LEARNED
Tom Holliday, Director of Communications Services, American Electric Power
Doug Colafella, Manager, External Communications, Allegheny Energy
American Electric Power and Allegheny Energy are applying best practices to help gain approvals for the Potomac-Appalachian Transmission Highline (PATH), a 765-kV project extending 275 miles through West Virginia, Virginia, and Maryland. Learn how the two companies are working together to apply successful strategies for grassroots outreach, community involvement, and public education while contending with project delays, entrenched opposition, and the economic downturn.
PATH never seems to learn its lessons about communicating with the public. They continue to pile on the lies and propaganda, even though the truth about their dirty deeds has been exposed long since.
Is there a new definition for the word "successful" that the rest of us don't know about? I've been doing this for 2 1/2 years now and I have yet to find someone, anyone, who supports the PATH project unless they are being paid by the ratepayers, courtesy of PATH's PR machine, for their "support". Instead, rational, fact-based opposition continues to grow on a daily basis. PATH isn't fooling anyone anymore -- politicians resoundingly used opposition to PATH as a platform in the last election; the media knows they're full of crap and tempers every story with opposition views; industry competitors have launched and are successfully pursuing alternatives to PATH; and the regulatory authorities reviewing their applications are easily poking holes in their flimsy case and beginning to issue denials.
What we're experiencing (and laughing at) are their "best" practices? In that case, I'd love to see their "worst" ones, just so some kind of comparison could be attempted.
"Successful strategies for grassroots outreach"? What? When did that happen? The REAL grassroots groups laugh at your propaganda and if you "reached out" to us we'd likely interpret it as another attempt to rob us and bite your hand right off.... bloody nub, and all that.
"Community involvement"? You two are truly legends in your own minds! Using our money to bribe and buy is not "community involvement" by any means.
"Public education"? We're getting an education all right, but it's not from you two. And I hope you're not referring to your propaganda campaign and astroturf front groups -- those just aren't things to be proud of.
While contending with.... the truth! Your little project is well known as an unneeded, greed-driven, corporate initiative. You are both major failures! Hahahahahaha!
While it would be fun to crash this thing just to have a good laugh, you two idiots aren't worth it. I think I'd rather send Cotton and Devine-Wright (see next post) to Vegas, just so they could raise their hands and tell you both how full of crap you are.
I just hope all the conference participants mind the appropriate Vegas adage, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" and leave whatever made-up fantasy story you tell them behind before they head back to work. Otherwise, you could set transmission siting PR strategies back hundreds of years!
Hahahahahahahahahaaaa! Be sure to send me a copy of your power point afterward so I can make fun of it here on the blog. There's nothing better than sharing a laugh with friends! Meanwhile, we'll be here spreading the word about what a convoluted mess you two have made of the failing PATH project.