Resolving to hold the line for Alabama against the Biden administration’s radical shift in energy policy, Chip Beeker is seeking reelection to the Alabama Public Service Commission (PSC).
In a recent conversation with Yellowhammer News, Beeker declared his intent to run for another term and the reasons why he feels called to continue his public service.
When asked why he is running for reelection, Beeker was quick to point out what he considers the most important part of his background.
“First of all, I am a husband, father and grandfather,” he emphasized. “That’s who I am and that’s what shapes my vision for how I want to serve my home state. I’m also a farmer and pro-life, patriotic American. I’m greatly concerned about the future of our state should the radical anti-American left obtain control and implement their plans as seen in other areas of our nation.”
Beeker believes the country is at a critical point in deciding what its future will look like, and he wants to be a voice for Alabama in the process.
“I refuse to step aside and leave these issues for my children, grandchildren and future generations to clean up and battle,” he explained. “We have seen major blackouts in the past year, and they have been in states where renewable energy is relied upon too heavily. I am running for re-election because we are facing some of the most important energy decisions of our lifetime and it’s crucial to me to fight on behalf of hard-working Alabamians.”
Among the states where Beeker feels poor energy decisions have been made is California.
The Golden State is in the middle of its second consecutive summer of rolling blackouts caused by an over stressed power grid. In an effort to implement a renewables-only energy policy modeled after the federal Green New Deal proposal, California has been unable to keep up with the demand for electricity during summer months. The result has been millions of homes and businesses without power for hours at a time.
States like California have neglected both affordability and reliability, according to Beeker.
“I have personally been in business most of my working life and I can tell you that affordable, dependable utilities are essential to operating a profitable business,” Beeker stated. “It is also critical for low-income families and most everyone just trying to make ends meet. It is up to all of us to fight back and refuse the policies of the left. Our future depends on maintaining an energy source which is affordable and reliable.”
He maintains that growing jobs and improving the quality of life for Alabamians have been focal points during his time at the PSC.
Beeker outlined that implementing the Trump tax cuts for utility customers, cutting taxes for phone service and approving a cost-efficient plan for post-pandemic energy production are among the initiatives he has been a part of during the last three years.
And his focus on jobs will continue as long as he is at the PSC, asserted Beeker.
“An estimated 185,000 jobs will be lost if coal and natural gas are no longer used to produce electricity,” he said. “Jobs and work availability drives independence for the citizens of America. My focus is on making opportunity for the creation of new jobs and maintaining our work force. I want to see Alabama viewed as a desirable location for new businesses, not eliminating jobs so that more people become dependent on government. Under the Biden administration, we are seeing a push for more government dependence, grid unreliability, high prices and decreased profit margins.”
And that’s one of the reasons why Beeker is going back to voters asking for another term. It’s the work that needs to be done, and what he sees as a disconnect between Washington, D.C. and people in his state, that are motivating him to run again.
“I’m asking for each person’s vote so I can continue to be a voice to speak out on behalf of a common sense, pro-American position, which promotes the future well-being of all Alabamians,” he concluded. “Check my voting record.”
Tim Howe is an owner of Yellowhammer Multimedia