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Hawaiian Electric by the Numbers by grassroothawaii
July 29, 2011, 6:19 pm
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By Jim Wagoner

In recent days there has been many comments made about our electricity costs; I’ll add my two cents. Hawaiian Electric Industries (HE) owns Hawaii Electric (HEI), Maui Electric (MECO), Big Island Electric (HELCO), and American Savings Bank, Hawaii’s third largest banking institution. Earnings are the lifeblood of every business and they have been meager for Hawaii Electric for several years. I have researched their past ten quarters and find they have not made enough money to pay their promised 5.1% dividend. This is an unhealthy scenario that will be corrected by the Public Utilities Commission with ever higher rate increases.

Disturbing Numbers: The State of Nebraska has published a chart listing all 50 states showing the average cost per kilowatt hour (KWH) of electricity (updated March 2011). Hawaii was dead last with a cost of 21.21 cents for each KWH. The average cost was 9.83 cents. It is worth noting that 35 of the 50 states were able to develop electricity for less than 10 cents per hour. With the elaborate cost we are paying for their juice, it is reasonable to think that Hawaii Electric would be rolling in money, which is not the case.

My personal electrical bill for June reveals that we used 1,003 KWH with a cost of $348.88, or 38.3 cents per KWH. It is a mystery to me as to where the actual link of 38.3 cents per KWH I’m charged and the 21.21 cents shown on the Nebraska chart. The statement does reveal the following: Customer Charge $7.50, Non Fuel Energy $103.92, Base Fuel Energy $180.53, Interim Increase $7.12, PBF Surcharge $5.96, and Energy Cost Adjustment $79.90. I think this is an elixir devised to confuse customers.

How can Hawaii be so out of step with our sister states in this cost of such a basic necessity? I believe they have bloated the numbers of their staff personnel. It is unionized featherbedding at its sumptuous best – with no real oversight. HE management has bought into the State’s endeavor to have a 20% “renewable energy plan” for Hawaii a few years down the line. One can just imagine the tens of millions HE has already spent on studies, grants, and commissions to achieve that 20% level.

I believe that President Obama has an agenda to crush the economy of the United States utilizing the elevated cost of energy as his principal operating tool. On July 14th President Obama appointed Constance Lau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hawaiian Electric Industries to serve as a member of the National Infrastructure Council – another frivolous body of bureaucrats operating out of the White House. This appointment is documentation that Ms. Lau is on board for the full propaganda program of global warming, the toxicity of CO2, and their manufactured necessity of renewable green energy.

Unfortunately you haven’t seen anything yet. I suspect that the cost of electricity in Hawaii will be 25% higher within two years. Further, if the proposed Lanai and Molokai wind programs are initiated we are talking 80 to 90 cents per KWH (in today’s prices). Nothing will absorb and reduce the prosperity of mankind with more certainty than exorbitant costs for electricity.


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I’d like to comment on your paragraph about President Obama’s agenda to crush the economy.

I think all Americans need to wake up and become aware of the fact that our political leaders are simply puppets in a much larger game of world economic and political control.

Our government, in concert with the national media and trans-national mega-corporations, lie to us all the time and are NOT worthy of our trust.

This was explained over 40 years ago, as follows:

“Following Fabian tactics, the converting of the United States from a free enterprise Republic to a socialist Republic has been a gradual, step-by-careful-step procedure. The first giant step forward was taken during the Wilson Administration. Then came the halt in the march toward Socialism, during which time the previous gains were made secure; people began to ‘get used’ to the income tax, the Federal Reserve System, the direct election of Senators which robbed the States of any power in Washington, the growth of great tax-exempt Foundations that seemed to be taking over the Universities and inducing them to cease teaching the merits of a free enterprise system. This was a period of solidification of Fabian gains, which was mistakenly referred to as ‘a return to normalcy.’

Then came the next giant step forward: The International Bankers ‘pulled the plug’ and plunged the nation into an economic collapse and the people accepted the New Deal Plan and the Fabians took over under FDR. Their program was a total failure but few ever knew this because ‘patriotism is the last resort of the power-mad;’ the nation was plunged into World War II and in our determination to crush foreign enemies, our domestic enemies were forgotten.

From that time onward, the march toward solidification of Socialism has been made under the excuse of ‘war time economy.’ The Hot War faded into the Cold War, to be followed by the Korean War, then the Vietnamese War, which expanded into the Indo-China War – and if it peters out because the people refuse to continue to support this kind of no-win-no-lose massacre in which the only victors are the oil-seekers and the developers of the Mekong Delta industrial, agricultural and mining complex; then there is a Middle East War that can be made into, a Great War any time the Planners desire; a war that no one will dare oppose because it will be given religious overtones and called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.

“Perpetual War for the Perpetuation of Socialism,” would be an appropriate title for this chapter of current history [April 30, 1971]. Instead, however, we hear misleading cliches. One often heard in gatherings of liberals is: “Socialism is a good cushion against Communism,” which is like saying that consenting to rape is less painful than resisting the violation of person. Another cliche that is heard in social circles: “The Welfare State is the best security against communism.” Which is like saying that they can’t put you in jail if you’re already in jail.

We sincerely hope that this series of letters has convinced every reader that such terms as Communism, Socialism, Fabianism, the Welfare State, Nazism, Fascism, state interventionism, egalitarianism, the planned economy, the New Deal, the Fair Deal, the New Frontier, the New Republicanism are simply different labels for the same thing. To see any vital difference between these so-called ideologies is to miss the really important characteristic which all of these labels have in common.

An ideology is a doctrinal concept, a way of thinking, a set of beliefs. And if you will examine each of the above-mentioned labels you will discover that there is a belief that is common to them all: That Government should control the creative and productive actions of the people. Every one of these labels – without exception – stands for a philosophy that is opposed to Biblical economy, to private enterprise, the free market, private property, and the traditional American concept of limited government.

Using the terms welfare state and communism (though he could have used any two of the labels we have mentioned), Leonard E . Reed of the Foundation for Economic Education
makes the following comparison: “Under both the Welfare State and communism, the responsibility for the welfare, security, and prosperity of the people is presumed to rest with the central government. Coercion is as much the tool of the Welfare State as it is of communism. The programs and edicts of both are backed by the police force. All of us know this to be true under communism, but it is equally true under our brand of welfare statism. Just try to avoid paying your `share’ of a TVA deficit or of the farm subsidy program or of federal urban renewal or of social security or of the government’s full employment program.

“To appreciate the family likeness of the Welfare State and communism, observe what happens to individual freedom of choice. Under either label (the ideology is the same) freedom of choice to individuals as to what they do with the fruits of their labor, how they employ themselves, what wages they receive, what and with whom they exchange their goods or services – such freedoms are forcibly stripped from individuals. The central government, it is claimed, will take over. Full responsibility for ourselves is denied in order to make us dependent on whatever political regime happens to be in control of our government apparatus. Do these labels mean fundamentally the same thing? As an exercise, try to find any meaningful distinction.

“Our planners are saying, `The Welfare State is the best security against communism.’ The Russians could say with just as much sense, `Communism is the best security
against the Welfare State.’

“We call the Russian brand of governmental coercion `communism.’ They, however, refer to their collective as the `Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.’ The Russians call our brand of governmental coercion `capitalism.’ In the interest of accuracy and clarity, we, also, should call ours `socialist.’

“Socialism in Russia (communism, to our planners) and socialism in the U .S.A. (the Welfare State, to our planners) have identical aims: the state ownership and control of the means of production. Further, one as much as the other rests on the use of police force. In Russia the force is more impetuously applied than here. There, they pull the trigger and think later. Here, the government relies more on the threat of force and the acquiescence of the citizens.

“Alexis deTocqueville predicted over a century ago the characteristics of the despotism (the Welfare State) which might arise in America: `The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”

Don Bell Reports, April 30, 1971

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