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ENRON CORRUPTION: THE OREGON CONNECTION
Oregon will suffer more economic loss from Enron's corruption than any other state, largely because in 1997 Enron bought Oregon's largest electric utility, Portland General Electric Co., which it still owns.
Oregon was first with a bottle recycling bill and first with public access to beaches. And now Oregon is definitely in first place when it comes to being swindled by Enron.
Oregon is # 1 per capita in:
Instead of transferring PGE to another private company and suffering more rounds of financial manipulations, the Oregon Public Power Coalition is calling for transferring PGE assets to a public power entity.
Consequently, the OPPC is working to create a People's Utility District (PUD) that would own and operate PGE’s assets.
On August 24, 2002, voters in the PGE service area began collecting signatures to place People's Utility District on the March or May ballot. One need look no further than McMinnville or Forest Grove to see that publicly-owned utilities have rates far below PGE's. A 1999 study by a consultant to the City of Portland concluded that public ownership of PGE would reduce electricity costs by about 20%.
GET ENRON OUT OF OREGON ,
Oregon Public Power Coalition
818 SW 3rd Ave., PMB# 1335 Portland, OR 97204-2405
Call Bill at 503 916-4102 or Judy at 503 232-1911
bill[AT]oppc.net, liz[AT]oppc.net, or joan[AT]oppc.net