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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

4 responses to “Woonsocket rejects Invenergy’s bid to buy water for Burrillville power plant”

  1. salgal

    The Woonsocket Councilors were wise to smell the whiff of corporate disdain for following “the process.” They made the best choice for their city, their residents, the environment, the people of Burrillville and really, the whole state of RI and tri-state region.

    At the Johnston meeting, which I attended, the Mayor and Councilors, as well as the union thugs straight outta central casting, seemed to have fully fallen in love with Invenergy. The Mayor and Councilors seem to have no concept of environmental concerns whatsoever. And believe me, I don’t believe they are being disingenuous. And this is key, they fell in love NOT just with the money coming their way, but with the ugly culture of corporate thugishness (behind closed doors of course) Invenergy embraces, quite transparent to anyone paying close attention.

    Invenergy makes us the process as they go. Just kissing enough ass to turn a few heads, get in the door, assess the barriers, do psychological profiles, throw a few bucks around and get down to the dirty work. Oh, let’s not forget hiring law firms with high profiles so that make things seem……a bit cleaner.

    Here in RI the process for Invenergy consists of layers of lies, obstruction, withholding of information, changing timelines and “facts” as it suits their own needs, promising what they can’t deliver, promising what they have no intention on delivering, honing in on the needy egos and cognitive weaknesses of local officials and small-town power brokers and exploiting same to the max.

    Invenergy, sensing an unprecedented opportunity on the horizon with a Trump presidency hovering (awkwardly) for corporations to take over the country and do away with any regulatory process whatsoever, spent the night after the “vote” in Johnston peeing all over themselves.

    Let’s see if the EFSB has the emotional, moral, ethical, and political fortitude to throw out Invenergy’s current, still incomplete application, and make them start all over again since they’ve announced they plan to change the technology they would use to run CREC to reduce water usage and would NOT be using a pipeline to get water but rather trucking it in. This means all NEW advisory positions would have to be solicited, pondered, delivered and deliberated. Of course Governor Raimondo, as all thinking people know, runs the EFSB regardless of her silly claims otherwise. And Governor Raimondo will probably need additional favors from Invenergy and their peeps in the not too distant future so………..

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  2. Kcinri

    Mark my words, Invenergy will 8==D Johnston over, they’re just to stoopid to know it yet.

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  3. Fred

    Thank you to all the Woonsocket City Council members that voted no. You did the right thing and should be proud!

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