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  •  HEAP pays utility companies (0+ / 0-)

    It does nothing to lower the cost of services to poor customers, just helps them pay the high energy bills by putting them on a payment plan.  

    In reality, the government is just paying the gas and electric company's high rates.

    The utility companies should take up the slack by offering free services to the poor just as the pharmaceutical companies offer free drugs to the poor.

    Just saying, maybe if the government stops paying these bills, rates will go down.

    •  Free isn't good ... (0+ / 0-)

      either ...

      And, yes, commented elsewhere about this very point ... in terms of why I don't donate to utility payment funds. They are using those contributions to pay themselves a rate than has 100% of their profits embedded in it.

      Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

      by A Siegel on Wed Feb 16, 2011 at 04:17:00 AM PST

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