Shuttering Ferndale's Intalco plant would save the BPA about $600
million—money the BPA would have spent to buy overpriced energy on
the free market in order to honor its contract allotment and price
for Intalco. As part of this money-saving deal, BPA offered to pay
most Intalco employees not to work for those two years.
Lesbian Prom King?
Two years of pay.
And you don't even have to show up at the plant.
Sign me up.
Continued in the article, the people of Ferndale were worried that the plant
would not open again after two years. A valid concern yes, but if I were
faced with such a prospect (two years of sitting at home and getting paid to
do so) I think I would take the opportunity presented and run with it.
Two years. Possibly start a new business. Or go to the library or local
community school and pick up new skills that might serve me if the
plant doesn't open again. Or heck, you have two years to find another job.
Are people that defined by their jobs?
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