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Thursday, September 27, 2007

That's The Best You Got?

Coal-fired power plant technology has improved to the point where opponents (those who take a moment now and then to have deep, heartfelt, sincere thoughts about the environment and those who think electricity comes from that little doohickie along the base of the wallboard in the double-wide) now find themselves with so little to argue their point anymore.

So they either make new shit up - like that CO2 canard (carbon emissions from the plants are destroying the planet ... while carbon emissions from human beings - oddly - aren't) or they change the subject. And speaking of the Roanoke Times ...

So why is that new power plant that is going to be built in Wise County such a bad thing for Wise County - other than the fact that all the new jobs it will create and all the new cash that will flow may put a strain on the inventory levels at the Wal-Mart in Norton when newly cash-lavished workers come down to buy their children some new clothes, food, and medicine?

Surface mining.


The Times:
Editorial: Act now to protect our mountaintops
Mountains need not be decimated to extract coal and support jobs.

It is unlikely environmentalists will prevail in their fight to stop Dominion Virginia Power from building a coal-fired plant in Wise County. The project, after all, has the blessing of the General Assembly to meet two objectives: increase the supply of electricity in Virginia and create economic development in job-scarce far Southwest.

Dominion's planned 585-megawatt power station will create 75 jobs at the plant and support an additional 350 new mining jobs; it more than fits lawmakers' intent.

Yet it is the unintended consequences that have rightly alarmed environmentalists. Their concerns that the plant will worsen air pollution and encourage the incredibly destructive practice of mountaintop removal mining need to be addressed. (link)
I always get a big kick out of the hyperbole that must be invoked when trying to make the case against surface mining. It's not just a "destructive practice" when we rearrange the rocks, it's "incredibly destructive." If that doesn't block the creation of jobs down in Wise, expect these jokers to invoke the dreaded "super-incredibly destructive" practice of landscape beautification (my descriptor; not to be confused, probably, with theirs).

It's odd these guys never use the same adverb when decrying the fact that forests must be destroyed in order to produce newspapers. But these environmentalists will probably argue that such destruction is incredibly beneficial to mankind.

Anyway, here's where my reading of this editorial begins and ends:

"Dominion's planned 585-megawatt power station will create 75 jobs at the plant and support an additional 350 new mining jobs"

Anything after that is nothing more than incredibly hot air.

Like I've Been Saying

I wonder if the children who write for the editorial page of the Roanoke Times read the Roanoke Times.

If they did, they'd find out why we need those 350 good-paying jobs down in Wise County. Desperately.

I encourage them - and you - to read "Virginia: a tale of two states? " Dan B. Fleming, professor emeritus of education at Virginia Tech, makes the case I've been making for years. (here) (here)

The money quote:
"As Virginia has moved from an agricultural and manufacturing base to a high-tech economy, parts of the state have suffered severe job and population losses. Virginia is a wealthy state, but a recent government study found that Southwest and Southside Virginia had a per capita income of $21,000, lower than any of the 50 states, making even Mississippi look good."
The good professor goes on to list a number of taxes that the commonwealth should look to raise which, in my opinion, would drive more business out of the area and make Southwest Virginia more of a welfare-basket-case. But his assessment of our situation is stark and spot-on.

Read the column. Food for thought.

I Must Be 'Dreaming'

What in God's name is with these people in Congress? They want to provide special favors to illegal Mexicans that they wouldn't dream of offering American citizens? Are they nuts?

Is the grass brown? ...
Kill this nightmarish bill
Washinton Times editorial

Advocates of amnesty for illegal aliens may be about to suffer another political blow. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, Sen. Dick Lugar and Sen. Chuck Hagel have been trying to attach an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would enact the so-called Dream Act, which would permit illegals to attend college while paying lower in-state tuition rates.

The Dream Act would also provide illegals with a generous new path to amnesty — provided that they unlawfully entered the country prior to age 16 and have been in the United States for at least five years. How's that for a nose-thumbing at law-abiding citizens and immigrants. (link)
This is far worse than that awful legislation that Ted Kennedy tried to force on us a few months ago. This is amnesty AND tuition breaks AND a fast-track to citizenship.

They've gone stark raving mad.

And they must be stopped.

I'm shocked. Shocked!

Who would have guessed that the Democratic plan for combatting global warming would involve raising taxes?

As hard as it is to believe, it seems to be so:
Plan Uses Taxes to Fight Climate Change
By H. Josef Herbert, The Associated Press

Washington -- Dealing with global warming will be painful, says one of the most powerful Democrats in Congress. To back up his claim he is proposing a recipe many people won't like _ a 50-cent gasoline tax, a carbon tax and scaling back tax breaks for some home owners.

"I'm trying to have everybody understand that this is going to cost and that it's going to have a measure of pain that you're not going to like," Rep. John Dingell, who is marking his 52nd year in Congress, said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press. (link)
* a 50-cent gasoline tax

* a carbon tax

*and scaling back tax breaks for some home owners.

... to theoretically reduce the temperature of the planet an estimated 0.25 degrees centigrade.

These people are dangerous to our way of life.