Emery Contra Noranda

Ed Emery’s email to “valued volunteers, supporters, donors, and friends:”


“On July 16, 2012, mailers from Missourians Against Higher Utility Rates began to hit mailboxes of voters in Missouri’s 31st state Senate district…


“Although the hit piece officially was from Missourians Against Higher Utility Rates, it should be noted that the only donor of record to that organization is Noranda Aluminum of New Madrid, Mo. That’s significant because Noranda is the largest electricity consumer in the state and actively lobbies state government in Jefferson City…


“So why the negative mailer? During the time I served as chairman of the House Utilities Committee, Noranda approached their electric provider, St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation, with a request to discount their rates even further. When Ameren refused, Noranda came to me, as Utility Committee chairman, and asked that I intervene. They wanted legislation that would give them special treatment and mandate that Ameren provide lower rates — just for themselves, NOT for everyone across the board.


“Naturally, I refused their request. Not only would such a ‘special law’ for one company violate Article III, § 40 of the Missouri Constitution, it also would have been unfair to the state’s other consumers, who likely would have to bear the burden of additional energy costs. It also would have injected even more government control and price manipulation into the energy industry…”


Originally in July 20 MOScout