Dr. Margaret Flowers applauds the District of Columbia for rejecting the proposed merger of BGE parent company Exelon and Pepco Holdings.
"This merger would have raised utility rates for people in Baltimore and DC and prevented moves to renewable sources," said Flowers. "Local activists rightly pointed out that Exelon needed the merger to bail out its failing nuclear power plants. This is a victory for the people and the environment."
Flowers opposed the merger. She signed a petition urging the mayor to reject the most recent deal made between the Public Service Commission and Exelon.
"Even if this deal weren't harmful for consumers," Flowers said, "consolidation of utilities into bigger monopolies is the wrong approach. We need to transition rapidly to decentralized renewable energy. Every home, every business, and every school should be producing, benefiting from and controlling its own energy."
Flowers calls for a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal. Flowers notes that nuclear and 'waste-to-energy' incineration - such as the project being pushed onto the community of Curtis Bay in Baltimore - are extractive and environmentally-destructive and should not be considered renewable energy sources.
"A 100% renewable energy program would create hundreds of thousands of new green collar jobs and put communities in control of their own power production," said Flowers. "People are suffering at the hands of private power monopolies. Water and power utilities should be municipally-owned at a minimum and locally-owned when possible."
"We need to ban the extraction minerals or energy sources such as oil, gas or uranium," said Flowers. "This is vital to protect the integrity of our air, water and food systems."
Dr. Margaret Flowers is seeking the Green Party's nomination for U.S. Senate in Maryland. The Green Party's primary election process begins in early April and will conclude on May 1st.