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    from Thomas Hanna:

    "In the United States, there is one state, and only one state, where every single resident and business receives electricity from a community-owned institution rather than a for-profit corporation. It is not a famously liberal state like Vermont or Massachusetts. Rather, it is conservative Nebraska, with its two Republican Senators and two (out of three) Republican members of Congress, that has embraced the complete socialization of energy distribution.

    In Nebraska, 121 publicly owned utilities, ten cooperatives, and 30 public power districts provide electricity to a population of around 1.8 million people. Public and cooperative ownership keeps costs low for the state’s consumers. Nebraskans pay one of the lowest rates for electricity in the nation and revenues are reinvested in infrastructure to ensure reliable and cheap service for years to come.

    “There are no stockholders, and thus no profit motive,” the Nebraska Power Association proudly proclaims. “Our electric prices do not include a profit. That means Nebraska’s utilities can focus exclusively on keeping electric rates low and customer service high. Our customers, not big investors in New York and Chicago, own Nebraska’s utilities.”

  • #2
    Ff, you and T. Hana might want to check how close cooperatives are to what he thinks he has found...


    • #3
      dennis, I get the feeling you are not against those socialist cooperatives. Amirite?


      • #4
        Cooperatives are hardly socialist in the manner that Americans use the word. In the truest definition of the word they are... but so are many corporations. Let's just stick to using the word as its common definition is to be understood. Cooperatives are not mandated ownership via government controls. They are a voluntary membership pool of people with a similar economic goal in mind. Further, cooperatives VERY much can and do make profits (at least if run for that end).
        "You are only as good as your next success, not your last" Sir Jock Stirrup


        • #5
          First and foremost...cooperatives, in the USA=1 vote, no matter how many shares of ownership.

          Like any thing, there are at least 2 sides...there are some good points, and some bad points.

          Originally formed to give "farmers" with grains a place to sell in a group for a price advantage over some of the "private enterprises", and the
          purchase of supplies...along with ELECTRICITY.

          Any bets as to how many miles of power lines in the rural areas of the USA there would be IF it were not for cooperative electrics. Just to many miles
          for private enterprise to be economically feasible at a rate affordable by the customer(s)...and yes, there was and still is some "government" loans
          to help get things moving.

          me "thunks" a reading or study of the basic cooperative workings is in order, I'm NOT a total for cooperatives, nor totally against...there is/was
          a place for many different ideas in a developing nation.

          The profits are called patronage dividends...which encouraged "members" to use the services provided by the cooperative.

          Yes, it is and was voluntary, until the cooperatives bought out the competition. Like SW Bell...may be the only company in town, and we act like it...


          • #6
            Making the leap of how cooperatives were used in this country, especially in our rural settings, and socialism is truly a leap of a dwight stonian nature.

            most ag based ones are profit drivien, with the owners partaking in those profits.
            Not everyone gets the same price or pays the same price for grain, inputs, etc.

            and very little competition exists in the countryside anymore, quite a few vendors yet, but all seem to be priced the same on fert. etc, allthough our two big ones that border each other are stepping on each others toes a little, i farm right on their borders.