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Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Klein Straightens Record

Posted By on Wed, Jun 6, 2007 at 3:56 PM

Over in that old-fashioned world of alternative weekly newspapers, this response from State Rep. Tony Klein [right]  just landed in my inbox.

It's a straightening-of-the-record directed at our "Inside Track"  item in which Douglas Administration utility point-man David O'Brien, Comish of the PSD,  unloaded on Speaker Gaye Symington and the Democrats over H. 520 - the big Global Warming legislation that Gov. Jim Douglas will veto this week.

Apparently our audio-tape transcriber (me), incorrectly attributed a Klein quote to his committee chairman  - Rep. Bob Dostis.

Apologies for the error.

Here's Rep. Klein's statement in its entirety:

Hi Peter

Just to keep the record straight. I made the statement on-air on The Mark Johnson Show about "don't count us out" and "it's too important a piece of legislation. But more important are the statements made by Commissioner O'Brien [pictured below] about breaking existing agreements with Vermont Yankee and upsetting employers such as IBM,GE and Ethan Allen.

The legislature is not breaking any agreements with VY. We have two signed MOU's with VY. One for the up rate and one for dry cask storage. Those are agreements and we aren't changing one thing in those agreements. The bill proposes a change in existing legislation. The legislature changes legislation all the time!

Just for the record IBM and members of AIV have opposed every piece of energy legislation passed by the legislature in the five years that I have now served. So that they opposed H.520 is no surprise!

I noticed the Commissioner never mentioned the companies that do support H.520 like our homegrown Ben and Jerry's, Green Mountain Roasters and NRG Systems among many others. These companies were created here by Vermonter's.

The Companies that O'Brien seems to only represent certainly weren't created here and certainly don't have their headquarters located within the boundaries of Vermont.


Rep. Tony Klein


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Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne

Peter Freyne, 1949-2009, wrote the weekly political column "Inside Track," which originated in the Vanguard Press in the mid 1980s; he brought it to Seven Days in 1995. He retired it shortly before his death in January, 2009. We all miss him.

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