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Reid tells four companies no coal power in Nevada
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/26/07 | Bernie Woodall

Posted on 07/26/2007 7:56:38 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada sent a letter this week to four companies telling them not to build planned coal-burning power plants in his state.

Reid's letter, dated Monday, was addressed to the corporate leaders of the Sierra Pacific Resources, private equity LS Power Group, Dynegy Inc. and Sithe Global Power LLC. A copy of the letter was obtained by Reuters on Thursday.

"I am writing to each of you regarding your company's proposal to build new coal-fired power plants in eastern Nevada and to express my strong opposition to those plants," Reid wrote.

The Democratic senator said he will use his influential post in Congress to keep coal plants out of Nevada.

"Because I believe that developing renewable energy in Nevada is far preferable to coal for the sake of our economy, public health and the environment, I will use every means at my disposal to prevent the construction of new coal-fired power plants in Nevada that do not capture and permanently store greenhouse gas emissions," Reid wrote.

Reid said he'd rather have the state focus on renewable power and energy efficiency. He also opposes nuclear power for Nevada and the Yucca Mountain site in the state for storage of nuclear waste.

Reid said "the state's demand for energy can be met largely through new renewable energy, energy efficiency and demand-side management."

That's just unrealistic in a fast-growing state where power use is on the rise, particularly in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, said Frank Maisano of energy company advocate Bracewell & Giuliani LLP.

"Given the massive growth in the region, (Reid's letter) is probably not reflective of reality to say we are not going to build any new coal plants," said Maisano, acting as spokesman for Sithe Global, which is owned by the Blackstone Group's Blackstone Capital Partners (80 percent) and Reservoir Capital Group (20 percent.

"Senator Reid is also opposed to nuclear power, so I don't know how they are going to meet Nevada's growing power needs," Maisano said.

About 70 percent of the power generated in Nevada is from natural gas-fired plants and 13 percent by coal-fired plants, according to the federal Energy Information Administration. There are no nuclear power plants in Nevada.

Coal-fired plants account for 50 percent of U.S. electricity generation, nuclear power for 20 percent, and natural gas-fired plants for 18 percent.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: coalpower; congress; energy; environment; harryreid; nevada
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1 posted on 07/26/2007 7:56:40 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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“Senator Reid is also opposed to nuclear power, so I don’t know how they are going to meet Nevada’s growing power needs,” ..


2 posted on 07/26/2007 7:57:22 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Welcome to FR. The Virtual Boot Camp for 'infidels' in waiting)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good. Won’t have to worry about business competition from Nevada.


3 posted on 07/26/2007 7:58:48 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: NormsRevenge

If any of these companies already supply Nevada with power, they out to sell it somewhere else, like Kalifornia.


4 posted on 07/26/2007 7:59:27 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sounds like a good time to build a coal fired plant in Nevada.


5 posted on 07/26/2007 7:59:54 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: NormsRevenge

Delusions of being God?


6 posted on 07/26/2007 8:00:00 PM PDT by listenhillary (¿Qué parter DE "illegal" ousted no entente?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Well maybe they could shut Vegas down at dark.


7 posted on 07/26/2007 8:00:40 PM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: NormsRevenge

If the politicians in Ca had any brains, they would build nuclear power plants and when Nevada started having their rolling blackouts because of inadequate generation, Ca could sell them power at a premium.


8 posted on 07/26/2007 8:00:42 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: PAR35

Or a good time to start having trouble with the transmission lines to Reid’s house.


9 posted on 07/26/2007 8:00:58 PM PDT by listenhillary (¿Qué parter DE "illegal" ousted no entente?)
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To: NormsRevenge

The Governor should tell Reid to go ^#%$ himself.


10 posted on 07/26/2007 8:04:00 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny
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To: NormsRevenge

Who needs Viagra when you have power...


11 posted on 07/26/2007 8:04:48 PM PDT by citizencon
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To: NormsRevenge

The most likely reason is that he need more time to aquire the land they want to build the plants on.


12 posted on 07/26/2007 8:06:57 PM PDT by listenhillary (¿Qué parter DE "illegal" ousted no entente?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Reid, what a pice of work. Does this guy even have enough intelligence to tie his own shoes? Gee, if they aren’t smart enough to dig ditches, send the to the Senate (Kennedy comes to mind).


13 posted on 07/26/2007 8:07:52 PM PDT by doc1019 (Fred Thompson '08)
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To: NormsRevenge

Luddite monkey. (apology to monkeys)


14 posted on 07/26/2007 8:08:24 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: NormsRevenge
Nevada needs to get rid of this peckerwood... And I'll send a donation to his GOP opponent next election.

And... I'm from Texas!

15 posted on 07/26/2007 8:08:57 PM PDT by Bender2 (A 'Good Yankee' comes down to Texas, then goes back north. A 'Damn Yankee' stays... Damn it!)
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To: NormsRevenge

I guess some folks haven’t paid their tribute.


16 posted on 07/26/2007 8:09:20 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter ( Who is America's George Galloway?)
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To: Brilliant

Since the power grid is shared, unfortunately the cost is spread out (for the most part) between different points of demand, meaning if Neveda has more demand but does not build for more supply, then everybody elses rates will get jacked up until a powerplant is built somewhere else. It would be great if Nevedans were forced to pay for electing that jackass and his stupidity...


17 posted on 07/26/2007 8:11:07 PM PDT by fatez ("If you're going through Hell, keep going." Winston Churchill)
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To: NormsRevenge
Reid said "the state's demand for energy can be met largely through new renewable energy, energy efficiency and demand-side management."

Gosh. I never knew Reid was an expert in power generation and transmission. What an arrogant snot.

18 posted on 07/26/2007 8:12:21 PM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: NormsRevenge

These idiotic, mind numbed, blind, mental midgets do not like any powerplants other than natural gas. As a result, anybody that has a house heated with natural gas better get ready because someday it is gonna cost you 1000 bucks a month in winter to heat it.

ps - never heard them complain about all the millions of houses in the north east heated with oil fired heating either and they gotta be real positive carbon footprinted systems.


19 posted on 07/26/2007 8:12:29 PM PDT by biff
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To: fatez

So build plants elsewhere. All the better. We could use the jobs here.


20 posted on 07/26/2007 8:12:40 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: NormsRevenge

Sounds like harry, his sons, and their mob friends are sucking around for a juicy bribe. The FBI needs to send a couple of “power company lobbyists” to his office with a suitcase full of money and a hidden camera.


21 posted on 07/26/2007 8:14:45 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: NormsRevenge

i love democrats! /s

they don’t want us to fight the wot and to maintain troops in the major oil producing area,

they don’t want us to build nuclear,

they don’t want us to build coal burning plants,

they don’t want us to drill in alaska,

they don’t want us to drill off shore in ca or the gulf,

they don’t want us to drill for gas in new mexico,

they don’t want us to use oil shale in colorado,

they don’t want us to build wind generating plants off of cape cod—it might spoil ted kennedy’s view,

meanwhile these “environmentalists” travel the globe, leaving no stone unturned,

often they are seen in suv’s, and they drive around in their cars. even their prius take more energy to produce than they save.


22 posted on 07/26/2007 8:20:17 PM PDT by ken21 ( b 4 fred.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I smell rats. Seriously, does anybody really think that a democrat senator would do *anything* for principle?

So what’s in it for Harry? Perhaps he or his buddies have invested in some coal plant company that uses a cleaner burning, but more expensive system, like a plasma furnace, and he doesn’t want competition in the State. Maybe he is invested up to his eyebrows in gas burning plants. Maybe he wants to stick it to the coal mining companies or the railroads.

Whatever, I give you odds that dirty Harry has an angle.

He, like his comrades, have no more principles than perverted priests at a Cub Scout camp.


23 posted on 07/26/2007 8:22:31 PM PDT by Popocatapetl
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To: NormsRevenge
Sounds like a wonderful opportunity for an experiment. Let all current fossil fuel energy developers stop building plants in Nevada and stop selling Nevada power from outside the state. Then, let the renewable energy companies come in and solve the problem. See how long it takes, how much it costs, and how happy a lot of people are when they have no electricity.

Wonderful opportunity to observe the consequences. Pass the popcorn.

24 posted on 07/26/2007 8:22:37 PM PDT by weaponeer
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To: NormsRevenge
(Reid's letter) is probably not reflective of reality

To say the least.

The most infuriating thing is that the rolling blackouts that are sure to come as an inevitable consequence of this lunatic policy will not be blamed on Reid or his caucus by the media.

Still, we should file idiotic statements like these away for the days of the energy shortages that are sure to come.

25 posted on 07/26/2007 8:23:09 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Expel the priest and you don't inaugurate the age of reason, you get the witch doctor--Paul Johnson)
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To: NormsRevenge

Dingy is a tool. Actually, a box of tools.


26 posted on 07/26/2007 8:27:59 PM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Popocatapetl
Well, there IS a new powerplant being constructed by Newmont Gold (mining company) in NE Nevada. Any electricity being generated above and beyond Newmont's needs are supposedly to be sold to the grid for public use. I'll have to check, but it may be a coal-fired plant. It's about 70% finished IIRC.
Makes ya think....
27 posted on 07/26/2007 8:42:23 PM PDT by thescourged1
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To: NormsRevenge

Well we can always burn oil. When is America going to wake up to the real enemy??

Pray for W and Our Troops


28 posted on 07/26/2007 8:45:36 PM PDT by bray (Member of the FR President Bush underground)
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To: NormsRevenge
Above is an artist's rendering of the new coal-powered electric generation station that Sierra Pacific Resources plans to build just north of Ely, Nevada. Rather innocuous, wouldn't you say?
29 posted on 07/26/2007 8:59:28 PM PDT by trane250
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To: Brilliant
Good. Won’t have to worry about business competition from Nevada.

Coal fired power plants are also under attack in Florida.

30 posted on 07/26/2007 9:15:17 PM PDT by Retired Chemist
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To: NormsRevenge

Just a thought...Curious actually...If there is a showdown over insufficient electrical power in Las Vegas. Who would win? Las Vegas or Harry Reid?


31 posted on 07/26/2007 9:32:09 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...call 'em what you will...They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Exactly...dems are just going insane. Pick a reputable power source or shutup, dems!


32 posted on 07/26/2007 9:43:00 PM PDT by Rick_Michael (The Anti-Federalists failed....so will the Anti-Frederalists)
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To: NormsRevenge

Unless he passes a law against it, he should go fly a kite.


33 posted on 07/26/2007 9:45:04 PM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: paul51

California can’t build nuke power plants. Only if the final waste repository is working.


34 posted on 07/26/2007 9:51:05 PM PDT by Danbert
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To: Popocatapetl
Whatever, I give you odds that dirty Harry has an angle.

He probably owns or controls land where they want to build. They haven't paid him enough to shutdown his demagoguery.

35 posted on 07/26/2007 9:59:18 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: listenhillary

Ding, Ding, Ding, no more calls please, we have a winner.


36 posted on 07/26/2007 10:03:21 PM PDT by Atchafalaya (When you are there thats the best)
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To: NormsRevenge
"He also opposes nuclear power for Nevada and the Yucca Mountain site in the state for storage of nuclear waste."

What an idiot. I guess that means he's opposed to any new growth in Nevada as well. Maybe all those casino's can change to super bright LED lights to conserve energy, and put up a few windmills and solar panels - While he's at it, why doesn't he mandate that all new families moving to Nevada live in a earthen home and milk goats for sustenance?

37 posted on 07/26/2007 10:31:03 PM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: NormsRevenge

The dems are against anything good. Such as a good economy. Or the average person being able to easily afford electricity; one of the miracles this nation has been able to provide.

Anything destructive the dems are for.


38 posted on 07/26/2007 10:42:30 PM PDT by ran20
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To: trane250

Not if you saw the valley where they’re putting it in person, or the perfectly good, productive ranches they’re going to dry up to get the 24,000 acre-feet of underground water for their cooling.

Given that all these coal-fired projects are planning on selling their power to (ultimately) California, I say build them in California. Why should Nevadans have to suffer reduced air quality, diversion of precious water resources and see increased transmission lines across our landscapes to allow the idiots in California to light their McMansions?


39 posted on 07/27/2007 12:17:40 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: Nathan Zachary

I’d be quite happy if most of the people who have moved to Nevada in the last 10 years moved right back out. The cost of the growth is killing us. We don’t have the water, the clowns moving in don’t add to the tax rolls, they only take, as a result a very conservative state is quickly turning liberal, and we’re being overrun with the same nanny-state types one sees in California and the northeast.

Send ‘em packing. Good riddance.


40 posted on 07/27/2007 12:19:40 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: NVDave

Good point. If the ultimate destination for the power is California, Californians should not be exporting the environmental effects of their lifestyle and immigration policy.


41 posted on 07/27/2007 3:58:34 AM PDT by listenhillary (¿Qué parter DE "illegal" ousted no entente?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Reid is opposed to anything that might help America


42 posted on 07/27/2007 4:17:33 AM PDT by The Wizard (DemonRATS: enemies of America)
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To: 6SJ7
Gosh. I never knew Reid was an expert in power generation and transmission. What an arrogant snot.

Reid is as much of an expert on power generation as Hitler was on genetics. This is Reid's contribution to National Socialism - the state will dictate the output of the factors of production.

43 posted on 07/27/2007 4:41:04 AM PDT by Hoodat
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To: NormsRevenge

Is there such a thing a Nevadacide? Reid seems to be a candidate.


44 posted on 07/27/2007 4:44:09 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 . Happiness is a down sleeping bag)
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To: NormsRevenge

No coal, no nuclear, no gas-fired.

What’s left, Harry? Have fun in the dark ya tard.


45 posted on 07/27/2007 4:49:13 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: NormsRevenge

“I don’t know how they are going to meet Nevada’s growing power needs”

Didn’t you go to Democrat Finishing School?

Electricity is magicly created when the switch is turned to “ON”. If they just cover the desert with reflectors, they’ll have all the electricity they need!!

(Of course, all that reflected sunlight will COOL the environment, leading to clouds, less Solar Production, massive die-off, etc. But that will be the NEXT Generations problem, not today’s Socialists.)


46 posted on 07/27/2007 4:52:01 AM PDT by tcrlaf (VOTE Democrat! You'll look GREAT in Burqa!)
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To: 6SJ7

“demand-side management.”

TRANSLATION-
Those that send me BIG checks (Casinos, Indian Reservations)get the power, YOU do not.


47 posted on 07/27/2007 4:53:55 AM PDT by tcrlaf (VOTE Democrat! You'll look GREAT in Burqa!)
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To: PAR35
Sounds like a good time to build a coal fired plant in Nevada.

Not really--SCE just took a major hit with having to close down Mojave down in Laughlin. Everyone wants energy, but they want fairies to sprinkle magic dust and make everything pretty and bright rather than live in reality.
48 posted on 07/27/2007 4:59:03 AM PDT by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: NormsRevenge

That’s nice.

~But, what do the voters of Nevada want and what does their legislature say?

Our Equestrian Class in the Senate needs a peg-dropping.

They aren’t Roman nobles even if they think they are. ~And this ain’t Rome. Yet.


49 posted on 07/27/2007 5:12:58 AM PDT by OpusatFR
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To: denydenydeny
"(Reid's letter) is probably not reflective of reality"

Reality is not a prerequisite for a liberal democrat to be elected.

50 posted on 07/27/2007 6:01:57 AM PDT by norwaypinesavage (Planting trees to offset carbon emissions is like drinking water to offset rising ocean levels)
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