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The mess in WV brings this home…   Anytime you allow industry near water, at some point in the future there will be an accident…. Prevention as opposed to monitoring, is the only way to insure no such event occurs

The proposed legislation will be incremental.  It will be minor in scope.  It’s design is to pit the same groups that combined to apply political muscle to push forward both Newark’s contaminating power plant, and the Millsboro chicken processing plant, towards next applying political pressure to diminish and eventually abolish the Coastal Act.  It will be pushed along as good for jobs, taxes, and energy benefits.  However, none of those will receive benefit.  Instead it is designed in a way to open the coastal area to development. The benefits will all go to developers, Surprised?  Developers as we know are very reputable human beings and would never break a law, would never allow any facility to be built which might pollute, in order to make hundreds of millions of extra dollars.

The Coastal Act is Delaware.  If it goes, Delaware again becomes the cess-pool is was before environmental laws were ever dreamed.

As went Army Creek, so goes the entire Delaware coastline….

Time to get busy now… Stir the pot so nothing sticks to the bottom later.

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It’s time I put this in perspective.

Here are the news feeds.

A Different Romney Wins The Debate.
The Family Intervenes and Pushes Stuart Stevens Out of Inner Circle
Titians of Finance to Fight for Raising Taxes

Coupled with the opinion polls, what is happening is very obvious.

Americans support Democratic middle class values, they abhor the wing nuts of the Republican Party.

The opinion polls tell it all. While Romney was campaigning to see who could be the most conservative, he did very poorly against the Democrats when polled. Americans far preferred “the imploders” at first, people more mainstream in appearance, like Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorium, .. that is until they became familiar with their values…

It is not coincidental, that the last two Republican presidential candidates were the ones with the most LIBERAL credentials. Because America accepts those credentials. What America rejects, is slash and burn Conservative policies, that require no personal freedoms to individual Americans, whether it is economic, vaginal, religious, or political. Everyone is expected to conform to a very narrow norm.

So we now have a Republican who did exactly what he said early during the primaries. He shook the Etch A Sketch and is now running as the Liberal Governor of Massachusetts.

“I will not give a tax break to the top 20%.
There will be no tax cut on the top one percent.
I will not get rid of Roe versus Wade. Abortion is here to stay.
I will not put religion into government. Government is Government. Religion is Religion.
I will not nuke Iran.
I will not cut one penny from government spending.
I will support the rapid growth of wind farms and solar energy.
I will not cut 716 million from Medicare, even if it IS in my economic plan.
I never proposed $5 Trillion in Tax cuts.
I will not cut spending. I will raise it by 2 Trillion Dollars.
Government is too small. I will grow government to make it better.
I will not stop women from getting abortions.
I will not stop the removal of God from government….
Homosexual marriage is not really that bad after all, as long as they LOVE each other and it’s not just sex.”

These were all in the debate. It was a different Romney speaking. Why? Because as a conservative he was losing. As a conservative he was out of touch with America. As a conservative HE WAS IN THE MINORITY WITH MINORITY VALUES.

As Conservatives long expected, Romney is a liberal. They know it. Really? How does anyone expect a Mormon to support Pat Robertson and the 700 Club? You do it out of expediency; not a genuine shared system of belief….

But the point of this is not about Romney. It is about Conservatism. Conservatism fails, and simply for that reason alone, it is not upheld by a majority of Americans.

Which means, to win, one has to be a Liberal Republican… Just look at the polls. As soon as the Liberal Romney comes out of the closet, the polls get real tight….

But, as we saw with Bush W. You may run as a Liberal, but when you get in, it’s the Conservatives who take over. Two wars, a pharmacy company bailout, and regular government operation, all which were financed by our grand children’s future payroll deductions. They get to make less money so today’s Republicans can take it all.

In other words, to be a Republican President, you have to “trick” yourself into that position.

So, America, I know it sounds nice now, but over and over and over you have said, no that is not what we want.

What we do want, is someone who will do what we want, when they get into running America. let’s take the last president for example. Obama got us out of a recession in record time. One that was far worse than the Great Depression to some extents. Obama saved the American Automobile Industry. To do so he had to drive hard bargains against all parties . Obama killed Osama Bin Laden. America got what it paid for when they voted Obama.

Why change horses in the middle of the stream, especially when the other horse is heading back in the other direction? The wrong direction according to almost all Americans?

Romney knows that backwards direction leads to ruin. That is why the new Romney pushed the campaign message- minder outside the inner circle, and why Romney is now currently running for women’s rights. for the secularization of government, for the complete protection of the environment, for the elimination of greenhouse gases, and for the increase of taxes on the wealthy. That is why Romney is doing better in the polls….

Conservatism is truly dead.

Bottom line is this year
Courtesy of Climate Code Red

If you kinda thought the weather was wild this year, you were right. The most ice lost is taking place right while you read this. A large chunk was broken up by a freak storm. Another similar on is on its way. The question that no one knows the answer to, is… will this affect the circulation pattern.

We all know in our lives that as human beings we can put up with aggravation rather well, unless we are Type A. Whether it is aggravation from our boss, from our spouse, from our in-laws, from our choir director, from that guy selling papers on the corner,… we put up with it, accepting it as the normal course of business. Except once or twice in our lives, we just snap. And the consequences of that, momentary snap, cause big changes… maybe in our employment, maybe in our marriage, maybe in our in-law’s will, maybe from the choir director’s husband, maybe from the police…. things change for us in a big way…..

That is how we have to see this. From a mud core taken from an ancient lake, Lough Monreach, in Ireland in 2009 it was discovered that in a matter of one month 12,900 years ago, we went from normal seasonal temperatures to an ice age. The cause came from a switch in ocean currents. As cold fresh water entered the ocean, warm water stopped flowing north. That Ice Age lasted 1300 years before the thaw returned. It flipped in one month…. 30 days more or less.

So is that happening?

The science is too big. We don’t know. It will be like on the Day after Tomorrow where we first find out from buoys scattered across the Atlantic. It cannot be predicted.

What can be foretold is that the earth has never had this much stress before during civilized mans span on earth. Do you know when you snap, or does it take you off guard as well?

That is where we are…

Of course nothing could come about it… Just like when your boss insults you in front of all your staff, your office competitor’s staff, and ridicules you like you have never been before… You just take it…

The boss tells your competitor… “I knew he was a wus… I wasn’t worried one bit… you have nothing to worry about him…”

Republicans will say in Tampa:… “I knew it was a scam…. I wasn’t worried one bit… we have nothing to worry about burning carbon fuels and putting carbon dioxide into the air.”

News Flash: The earth is not a wus……..

2012, day 230, 2.87743 million square kilometers
2011, day 253, 2.90474 million square kilometers (previous record low)

Evolution is a falsehood. The world was created in 6 days.

Cutting taxes stimulates the Economy. Raising Taxes, Stifles It.

Global Warming has been de-bunked: Ice Caps are actually Growing.

Renewable Energy costs more than Carbon based Energy.

Labor Unions are what cause American Products to be too expensive.

When the wealthy benefit, it trickles down to the lower economic levels too.

There are no gay Republican man enough to wear their party’s pants.

When it comes to sex, Homosexuals are inferior to pigs and cows.

Obama is a black man, he was born in Indonesia.

Healthcare Reform is Socialist.

Sussex Green pulled this into our collective atmosphere. My thanks, for I would have missed it.

While the U. S. was reeling from oil prices and hooting calls of “drill, baby, drill” and our blind leadership from “that other party” was calling for oil rigs off the coast of Rehoboth, our chief competitor, China, was busy doing something about burning coal more efficiently.

This has been totally off the radar screen.

First let me tell you why it is important. As an advocate of clean efficient wind power who has crunched the numbers, I can tell you coal will be around for a long time. Therefore, finding ways to burn coal more efficiently does much for reducing global warming as well, as lowering the cost of producing electricity.

Therefore if it were theoretically possible to burn coal with no carbon emissions, that would be a good thing. Even if were possible to burn coal with just slightly less carbon emissions, that too would be a good thing by moving us in the right direction…

Face it. The U.S. has done little, primarily due to the myopic vision that the oil saturated past administration had…..

Here is the synopsis…

China now uses more coal than the United States, Europe and Japan combined.

China has emerged in the past two years as the world’s leading builder of more efficient, less polluting coal power plants.

China has begun building a more efficient kind of coal-fired power plant that uses extremely hot steam, at a rate of one a month.

China has already approved equipment purchases for a new generation of low-pollution power plants that turn coal into a gas before burning it.

China has begun requiring power companies to retire an older, more polluting power plant for each new one they build.

China’s most efficient plants achieve an efficiency as high as 44 percent. In the United States, the most efficient plants achieve around 40 percent efficiency, because they do not use the highest steam temperatures being adopted in China.

China’s improvements are starting to have an effect on climate models. I.E.A. cut its forecast of the annual increase in Chinese emissions of global warming gases, to 3 percent from 3.2 percent.

China has just built a small, experimental facility near Beijing to remove carbon dioxide from power station emissions and use it to provide carbonation for beverages. So far, it has no plans to make this a national policy.

China is poised to pass the United States as soon as this year as the world’s largest market for wind power equipment. China is building considerably more nuclear power plants than the rest of the world combined, and these do not emit carbon dioxide after they are built.

It now can cost a third less to build an ultra-supercritical power plant in China than to build a less efficient coal-fired plant in the United States.

One might wonder how a nation so far behind us just after Tienanmen Square, could now be the next superpower while we languish in the backwaters of a subsistence economy.

The answer should be obvious. China has no Republicans.

Yesterday the EPA moved forward with the pronouncement that Greenhouse gases were a threat to public health. They overturned 8 years of inactivity by the previousl administration, in recognizing the threat of global warming…

It is hoped that the prospect of the White House taking action could push Congress to come to an agreement.

In the post below, I posted Delaware’ CO2 emissions from the year 2006, as compiled by Delaware’s Energy Office. These corporations will no doubt suffer some economic ill effects if Carbon Taxes go into effect..

You will no doubt hear how your electric bill will rise if we began to tax carbon…

Here is how you have to look at it… You have to look at your energy bill and health costs as one lumped together expense… If you pay more for energy, but drop your health bill down to zero, your overall financial stature will be improved…

That is how this must be seen… As long as your total health and energy bills combined, do not grow, you are holding at the same level… If total of both grow, you are worse off; if the total of both drop, you are better off….

Therefore those families living around Delmarva’s power plant near Fox Point, need to consider the asthma medicine they spend on all their children when they pay their electric bill.. If, they can by God’s grace, eliminate that asthma medicine due to the fact that they need it no more, then their family’s income-after-expenses will grow…

That is how Carbon taxes must be viewed..

Now those who actually read Chapter 4 of the Kavipsian Theory of Economics, already know how Carbon Taxes benefit the United States economy… You know who you are..

For the rest of you, here is a refresher….

On the global scale, Carbon taxes will be levied as are tariffs today… For instance, if the United States refuses to sign on to the Carbon tax arrangement, then those other countries buying our products, tack on a tariff to cover the Carbon tax we did not collect.. That makes our products as high or higher than those of other nations…which on a global scale, hurts us economically.

On the reverse, if we enact a carbon tax upon our power plants and other sources of carbon, then we can trade with other nations doing so because our tariffs cancil out.. We don’t pay an excess.. Our prices are more competitive..

Developing nations, who do not tax their carbon, must pay our tariff on their products coming into our country. This makes them more expensive, and less competitive against our own manufacturing, despite the difference in the costs of labor…

So as the largest consumer, if the United States moves quickly to the forefront of this policy and begins to tax carbon before others can catch up, we gain an economic advantage, even though our carbon energy costs will rise by that taxed amount…

If you were an investor, doing manufacturing within the United States, now appears to be cheaper than offshoring all factories.. What’s the point, when the economic advantage of manufacturing offshore, has just been negated?

Speed is essentual.. Those nations playing catch up do not see a competitive economic advantage… The US due to our size and wealth has the potential to lead, and in doing so, creates a better marketplace for investors to put their money here…

So as some decry that raising the cost of energy in a bad economy will dampen growth, you can now inform them that doing so, brings investment back into the US… It also raises the costs of other nations imports, making our own products more competitive…

And it does all this, while dropping our medical bills at the same time….

Delaware Biggest Polluters
Delaware's Power Polluters cont.
Courtesy of the Delaware Energy Office

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

The Senate will decide this week whether to follow in California’s footsteps and pass legislation requiring cuts in U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change.

Lawmakers are set to vote Monday to begin debate on a bill that could reshape the U.S. economy by requiring industry to pay to emit carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases.

Opponents call it a new tax on industry that could raise gas prices and energy bills for consumers.

Now before I knew anything about wind power coming to Delaware, I would be apprehensive about taxing carbon and “increasing the costs to power plants, distributors, and consumers…….

But knowing what I now know, that all carbon prices are about to go ballistic as did our automobile and truck fuel, the faster we leave a carbon based economy, the faster we will pull out of this recession.

Congess just cannot slap the tax on carbon immediately. My recommendation is to start the tax in 2014, giving America 5 years to wean itself off carbon based electricity. Five years could do it…

Wind, particularly offshore wind, if built large enough is the cheapest form of energy available to us today. If solar improves to where it crosses the 10 cents/kwh barrier, it too can become a player….

There is enough wind power capacity in North Dakota to fuel the entire grid of North America…..

The financials show it could be done today for 2.3 cents per kwh… Imagine, all of the US energy needs met at 2.3 cents per kwh. Your $200 monthly electric bill would instead be $40 dollars. Which is right about where it needs to be…….

But not all the wind needs to come from North Dakota, even though it has tremendous potential……Up and down the Eastern seaboard, giant wind farms could drop our prices and save on long distance transmission costs…. From Texas to North Dakota, the wind belt could drive America’s mid section energy prices down to a tolerable level…..

By dropping worldwide demand, we could stop our dependence on energy coming from the Mid East. Being the sole planetary source of 2.3 cents per kwh of electricity, our manufacturing base could again begin to grow in places where it once walked away from union labor……Ohio and Michigan. What automobile company could pass up savings of 20 cents per kwh over what the paid in their home country?

Back to Carbon caps and taxes…..Taxing something that is bad for you at a rather high rate, is ironically a very good thing. It forces you to wean yourself off its toxic properties and seek another solution. It does so expediently. Forcing you to move quickly before your money disappears..unlike a government directive facing appeal after appeal after appeal…….

So raising the price of carbon is in the cards…..the higher the tax, the faster we move to a really cheap source of energy and power…..cheaper than all but the oldest of you can remember……

And if timed right, it won’t cost us a penny. For paying a million dollars for a kwh of coal fired electricity is moot, it there is no kwh of coal fired electricity left to be taxed…. …..

The question is who. My first target is Delmarva and its subsidiary Pepco Holdings. Of course the Bluewater Wind deal has to be politically tabled before that lawsuit becomes possible.

Why sue?

With all snark aside, that is the American corporate way of dealing with damages imposed upon one by another entity. And if we do not receive Bluewater Wind’s cheap and reliable renewable energy, we will all be hurt.

Let’s start with costs alone. And assume that Delmarva Power can purchase its energy for the next twenty five years at exactly the cost of what it pays right now. (like that’s ever going to happen), If one takes the bundled cost of the contract price of Bluewater Winds proposal, $105 per MW, and compares that to Delmarva’s purchased prices AS OF MARCH 2008 of $110 per MW, one already sees there is a $5 savings achieved by going with Bluewater Wind……

If one takes the aggregate maximum of 1,357,402 MWhs per contract year during the Service Term and multiplies that first by the $5 per MW difference, then by 25 for each of the years covered by the contract…………………..we get our first total of $169,675,260 that doing nothing will cost us IF PRICES FOR CARBON FUELS STAY THE SAME FOR TWENTY FIVE YEARS (Yo, that’s not going to happen).

This puts McDowell’s statement on treacherous legal footing. For the entire premise of his sham hearings, roughly estimated to have cost Delaware taxpayers $100,000, is that the wind farm proposed by Bluewater Wind is not in the best interest of Delaware ratepayers because of the risk and cost associated with the project.

But we see Bluewater saves us $169,675,260 over the rates we pay now, if we do nothing and carbon fuel costs stay the same and never rise…..   What McDowell will have to explain under oath, and it simply can’t be done, is how saving Delaware $169,676,260 dollars is costing Delawareans too much money!

That is just the tip of the iceberg.

So by doing nothing, and hoping for flat fuel costs, will already cost this state almost $170 million more than had we opted to go with Bluewater Wind. That part of our incomes could have been spent on other things, had Bluewater Wind been built as scheduled.

Next question:

So how little does fuel have to increase over the twenty five years span to actually cost us 1.6 Billion? Well, doing the math backwards, we take the 1.6 Billion divided by 25 years, and then divide that total by the number of MWh’s maxed per year, we see that if the average cost of a MWh is only 47 dollars more.   Once we reach that level,…… we, as a state, have lost 1.6 Billion Dollars solely because of McDowell’s interference.

Therefore by our nixing of Bluewater Wind, and trusting ourselves to Delmarva’s buying prowess, once we hit the average price of $152 per MHh, we, as Delawareans will have shelled out 1.6 Billion more.

Is that high cost, $152,  even a remote possibility? California has on occasion paid as high as $3880 per MWh. Closer to home? In 2005 record high temperatures drove prices within the PJM grid to over $150 per MWh for 234 hours, as opposed to just 5 hours in 2004. So $152 is not some far flung to-be-scoffed-at amount that could never, ever happen. It already has.

Of course, if one does not just consider money, there are other benefits stemming from Bluewater Wind as well. Less carbon, cleaner air, less breathable cancer among our population, all benefits that come from using windpower instead of coal.

New jobs, new technologies, and new tourist opportunities add additional revenue into the equation which was not calculated here.

This post is just the math. Done to show that McDowell and his buddies do not have a factual leg to stand on. For already, Bluewater wind is cheaper than what we pay now. And in case you were still unaware…………….fuel costs for all carbon derived fuels, will soon soar, making their assumptions much harder to stand up in court.

Al it takes is one of us to file papers, and like a clod falling on a slippery slope, the whole side of the mountain moves.

And I think that is worth suing for. What are your thoughts? Especially when one considers that the deal was about to be signed, until a few members twisted the Controller General’s arm. That arm twist will cost Delawareans 1.6 Billion Dollars.

Someone other than us had better pay for it.