In an effort to build a wall across the country’s southern border with Mexico, increase military spending and re-invigorating the American economy, President Trump is resorting to some very unpopular methods of raising the money. Not only is he proposing huge cuts to womens’ health programs, he’s now proposing to sell off the Pacific Northwest’s primary source for reasonably priced electricity – the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA).
The BPA was created in 1937 as a job program aimed at bringing affordable energy to the Pacific Northwest from the Grand Coulee and Bonneville dams. Cheap hydro-power from these first two monster reservoirs along with many others built since, northwest residents have enjoyed power that is far cheaper than what the private sector charges for their power. Sometimes at half the rates of private power.
But President Trump wants to sell the BPA to the private sector, which would most assuredly guarantee that everyone’s power bills would rise as much as 50%. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden says every now and then somebody will come along and suggest such a sell-off, but he says “Pacific northwest families have already paid off that investment, so the PEOPLE own BPA. And as far as he’s concerned, it’s not for sale. Wyden says “This is but another (literally) power grab by those who think nothing of robbing our friends, neighbors and co-workers of the fruits of their investing in BPA through the decades. President Trump’s proposal is destined to be tossed into the nearest trash can.” Wyden told reporters that there have been many attempts in the past to “hijack” the BPA. “It just ain’t gonna happen,” Wyden said.