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  • Detroit Water Shutoffs: A Human Rights Crisis Turning to Tragedy

    07/07/2014 9:14:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Non-Profit Quarterly ^ | July 7, 2014 | Rick Cohen
    Why spend so much time commenting on Detroit? Because the city of more than 700,000 people is bankrupt, turning the water off on over one hundred thousand water customers, and now axing the contracts of nonprofit human service groups that have been providing safety net services for Detroit’s legions of poor people residing in devastated neighborhoods. Is there any hope? Inell Byrd, a 41-year-old home health aide still living in Detroit’s North End, told New York Times writer James Eligon, “I know the city is coming back.” That was the concluding sentence of Eligon’s moving portrait of residents of the...
  • U.N. to intervene in Detroit water shutoffs: Talks on 'human-rights violations' planned w/Obama

    07/02/2014 11:53:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | June 30, 2014 | Jerome R. Corsi
    Watch out, Detroit. Here comes the United Nations. WND has learned that after issuing a statement last week condemning Detroit’s decision to send water shut-off notices to tens of thousands of customers behind in their payments, the U.N now plans to conduct confidential policy discussions with the Obama administration to be followed by a formal public report to the U.N. Human Rights Council. On Monday, the U.N. Human Rights Council’s office in Geneva confirmed to WND that the U.N. plans to intervene directly in the Detroit water crisis, determined to apply international law to judge the U.S. in violation of...
  • Illinois Electricity Customers Forced to Get 'Smart Meters' or Pay Fine

    02/13/2014 7:53:19 AM PST · by libstripper · 35 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Feb 13, 2014 | MICHAEL WARREN
    In the early days of the Obama administration, “smart power” was all the rage—and not just on the foreign policy scene. In April 2009, National Public Radio reported how one Allentown, Pennsylvania, mother was saving more than a hundred dollars each month on her electric bill. Tammy Yeakel’s power company, PPL Energy, had helpfully installed a “smart meter” on her home that could monitor her power usage in real time. The meter uploaded that information to PPL’s website, so she could identify peak usage times during the day
  • Steep market selloff continues weak 2014 for stocks, Dow tumbles over 300 points

    02/03/2014 1:54:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    After a blistering four-month rally that took stocks to record highs last year, January could not have been more different, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) fell more than 5%. In the first month of the year, traders worried the financial health of both the U.S. and smaller nations meant stocks were too dangerous to continue owning for the time being, especially after a nearly uninterrupted rise that began in early 2009. Those jitters continued on the first trading day in February, driven by weakness in a manufacturing index from the Institute for Supply Management. By the close of...
  • Power outages leave thousands in cold, dark [Don't Worry, America--Obama is in toasty Hawaii!]

    12/26/2013 4:15:04 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 6 replies
    thonline.com ^ | 12/26/13
    Utility crews from Maine to Michigan and into Canada worked Wednesday to restore power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses left in the dark by last weekend's ice storm, and people slowly trickled out of shelters to spend Christmas Day at their finally warm homes. But not everyone was so lucky, including Ashley Walter, who was forced to spend Christmas at a shelter in a school in Litchfield with her husband, Jacob Walter, and their month-old daughter, Leah. The family lost power on Saturday, got it back and then lost it again Sunday. Ashley Walter and Leah stay...
  • FPL, sister company eliminating 1,000 jobs (Florida Power & Light)

    08/21/2013 10:14:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | August 21, 2013 | Ina Paiva Cordle
    Florida Power & Light and its sister company, NextEra Energy Resources, will eliminate 1,000 positions or 6.7 percent of their combined, nationwide workforce during the next two years, as part of an effort to improve efficiency and enhance the use of technology, the utility said Wednesday. A total of about 160 workers are expected to lose their jobs, with the remaining 840 cuts coming from the elimination of open positions, early retirement and normal attrition, said FPL President Eric Silagy. It is not yet known how many of the total job losses will be in Florida, but 60 of 80...
  • Prepare For The Coming Cyber Wars: US Government To Launch Pre-Emptive Cyber Strikes (Prepping)

    02/06/2013 11:18:26 AM PST · by blam · 17 replies
    SHTF Plan - Off Grid Survival ^ | 2-6-2013 | Robert Richardson
    Prepare For The Coming Cyber Wars: US Government To Launch Pre-Emptive Cyber Strikes Robert Richardson February 5th, 2013 Off Grid Survival For years we have warned our readers about the dangers that a full scale cyber-attack could have on our infrastructure; now those dangers are even higher as the Federal Government prepares to launch Pre-emptive cyber strikes against rogue nations. According to the New York Times, President Barack Obama has just concluded a secret legal review of the administration’s new cyber war guidelines. The guidelines give President Obama the power to order pre-emptive cyber strikes to protect national security interests....
  • White House inactive on attack dangers ('The threat is on nobody's radar screen')

    01/08/2013 10:37:30 AM PST · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    WND ^ | January 7, 2013 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON – The United States now is facing two serious national security challenges, but they aren’t expected to be addressed effectively because of the serious budgetary headaches Congress has created, and a virtually deadlocked legislature on just about every issue pending, according to report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin. And the White House apparently isn’t paying attention. The first is the growing concern of the impact that an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, event – either natural or manmade – could have on the national grid system, on which the Department of Defense has a 99 percent dependency. The other concern...
  • Ominous futures this morning. Are companies 'Going Galt'?

    11/13/2012 11:45:35 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 13, 2012 | Terry Ponick
    The futures don’t look so hot this morning before the opening bell. As of 8:50 a.m. EST, Dow futures are down nearly 70 points. S&P and NASDAQ futures look pretty much as bad, down nearly 9 and 20 points respectively. While yesterday’s action seemed relatively benign, it wasn’t, as lots of sectors were getting hammered but, due to low semi-holiday volume, this wasn’t readily apparent. Our utilities got hit so hard we had to exit via percentage stops, and we’ll probably need to pare back what energy and banking issues we still have today. The “fiscal cliff” again is the...
  • Non-union utility crews turned away from NJ

    11/02/2012 12:07:51 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 23 replies
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | November 2, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    02:34 AM Via Twitchy, read about Alabama TV station WAFF’s report on non-union utility crews who traveled from the South to help restore power to Hurricane Sandy victims — only to be turned away because they were non-union.
  • Mass. (AG) proposes fining utility NStar almost $10M

    08/08/2012 10:16:32 AM PDT · by matt04 · 5 replies
    The Massachusetts attorney general is seeking a nearly $10 million in fines from electric utility NStar for what she calls "inadequate" responses to two major storms last year that left hundreds of thousands of customers without power, some for days. Attorney General Martha Coakley's office made the recommendation in a brief filed Tuesday with the Department of Public Utilities, which has the authority to impose the fine. The attorney general says NStar failed to properly anticipate the severity of Tropical Storm Irene in August and a late October snow storm; failed to communicate effectively with customers and government officials; and...
  • WOOLSEY: Stormy preview of electric-grid crash

    07/20/2012 4:44:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 19, 2012 | R. James Woolsey
    Some two weeks after Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta warned of a potential “cyber-Pearl Harbor” involving a possible attack on the electric grid, Mother Nature took the cue and hit the East Coast with a storm that left millions of us for days without electricity from the grid. Some said silent thanks for that old generator they’d thought to stick in the garage. Though it wasn’t a cyberattack, but Mother Nature gave parts of the grid a good lashing anyway. On my country road south of Annapolis, two transformers were blown down from their perches on telephone poles, and...
  • Letter: New Storm Legislation Brings a Warning

    05/07/2012 4:13:59 PM PDT · by matt04 · 9 replies
    The Daily Wilton ^ | Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Wilton CT)
    Last fall’s monumental storms affected almost everyone in Connecticut. People were inconvenienced, impatient, and angry. The ill, elderly, and disabled were exposed to significant risks. We were shocked at how long it took to restore service, and how hard it was to get answers. First responders and town organizations rose to the occasion, but they were stretched to their limits. Schools were closed for days on end. The situation got old very fast. No one wanted to go through the same thing again, ever. Not surprisingly, there was an initial clamor for action. Several of us called for public hearings,...
  • Feds And Utilities Face Off Over The Electromagnetic Pulse Threat Coming In 2014

    04/23/2012 1:52:41 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 23, 2012 | F. Michael Maloof
    As scientists warn of an impending solar storm between now and 2014 that could collapse the national power grid, thrusting millions into darkness instantly, a debate has flared up between utilities and the federal government on the severity of such an event. NASA and the National Academy of Sciences previously confirmed to G2Bulletin that an electromagnetic pulse event from an intense solar storm could occur any time between now and 2014. They say it could have the effect of frying electronics and knocking out transformers in the national electric grid system. Already, there are separate published reports of massive solar...
  • Lawmakers Propose Standards for Power Restoration--And Steep Fines When Utilities Fail to Meet Them

    11/03/2011 10:50:57 AM PDT · by matt04 · 19 replies
    State lawmakers are proposing new standards for power restoration and steep penalties for utility companies that fail to meet them. "We have some of the highest electric rates in the country but we don't have the best service,'' House Speaker Chris Donovan said at a press conference this morning at the state Capitol complex. "You would think for the highest rates we would have better service.''Donovan and state Rep. Vickie Nardello, co-chairwoman of the legislature's energy and technology committee, are proposing the state Public Utilities Regulatory Authority establish a series of benchmarks for power companies. The proposal is modelled on...
  • Electric Bills About To Spike

    10/05/2011 9:10:36 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 77 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 5, 2011 | Laura Coloruso
    (Utilities across the country need more money for grid updates and pollution controls, and are passing the huge bill on to consumers. Laura Colarusso on why electricity bills are rising.) Already weary of high gas prices and 9.1 percent unemployment, many Americans are about to get another kick in the wallet thanks to large increases in their electricity bills.From Alaska to Georgia and Wyoming to Florida, utilities are seeking permission to pass on hundreds of millions of dollars in new charges to customers to help upgrade aging infrastructure and build new or retrofitted power plants that comply with tougher environmental...
  • Obama's Commerce Secretary Nominee Calls for Carbon Tax

    08/13/2011 11:56:35 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 22 replies
    New American ^ | 8-12-11 | Rebecca Terrell
    Should energy consumers pay extra taxes to fund government-mandated and subsidized renewable energy technologies? "Absolutely yes," says John Bryson, President Obama's nominee for Commerce Secretary. He made the remark at a meeting of the Commonwealth Club of California in 2009 and went on to extol the virtues of hidden rates in California, a state encumbered with some of the nation's highest electricity and unemployment rates. Bryson, retired CEO of the electric utility Southern California Edison (SCE) and its parent company Edison International, excused the practice, saying, "That's been a part of the regulatory environment for the investor-owned utilities for as...
  • Lawmakers advance bill to remove Trans-Texas Corridor wording from state statutes

    05/25/2011 10:07:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 24, 2011 | Ben Wear
    Will the governor sign the death certificate for his brainchild? The House unanimously voted late Monday to accept Senate changes to House Bill 1201, Rep. Lois Kolkhorst's legislation that would remove all references to the Trans-Texas Corridor from state statutes. And, oh yes, allow an 85 mph speed limit on certain roads completed after June. The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature, or his veto. For now, the only road likely to qualify for the 85 mph limit will be the southern 40 miles of the Texas 130 tollway, now under construction between the southeast outskirts...
  • CA: Utilities' renewable energy pacts expensive

    02/19/2011 2:09:22 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 2/19/11 | David R. Baker
    Since 2002, California's utilities have committed to spend about $6 billion more on renewable power contracts than they would have paid to buy the electricity from new power plants burning natural gas, .. The report, from a division of the California Public Utilities Commission, examines the costs of a state law that required the utilities to get 20 percent of their power from renewable sources such as the sun and the wind by the end of 2010. Since the law was passed, 59 percent of the contracts the utilities have signed with renewable power developers have been more expensive than...
  • California's 'cap-and-trade' escapade--Golden State pushes climate change over business climate

    12/28/2010 10:06:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies · 4+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 27, 2010 | Editorial
    The fact that the lame-duck Congress balked at endorsing "cap-and-trade" legislation didn't deter California from approving its own version of the extreme green scheme for restricting industrial emissions. The move bolsters the state's reputation as the left coast's home for ideas out of left field. Soon Americans will witness what happens when global-warming hysteria worsens an already sick economy.California's Air Resources Board approved a cap-and-trade system on Dec. 16 that covers 360 businesses at 600 locations statewide. In its first phase, starting in 2012, electric utilities and other large manufacturers will receive free permits allowing emissions at their current...
  • German power bills to rise on surge in renewables

    10/18/2010 8:53:26 AM PDT · by NRG1973 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 18, 2010 | Erik Kirschbaum
    * Averge household will pay 60 euros more/year for power * Germany top world market for solar, 16% of power green BERLIN, Oct 15 (Reuters) - A surge in Germany's renewable energy capacity this year will lead to a more than 70 percent jump in the levy consumers pay on their electricity bills for green power, according to data from grid operators on Friday. The levy, which consumers pay as a subsidy to producers of wind and photovoltaic and other types of renewable energy, will rise to 3.53 cents per kilowatt hour (kw/h) in 2011 from 2.05 cents, said the...
  • California utilities struggle to meet renewable-power requirement

    07/10/2010 8:37:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7/10/10 | Tiffany Hsu
    California boasts some of the toughest standards in the nation for boosting the use of renewable power. Getting utilities to meet those mandates is proving to be even tougher. State law requires the Golden State's three large investor-owned utilities to procure 20% of their retail electricity sales from clean sources by the end of 2010. But with less than six months left to meet that requirement, even government watchdogs don't expect the power companies to make it. Pacific Gas & Electric Co., Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. are likely to end this year with a...
  • DWP rates may rise between 8% and 28% to pay for mayor's green initiatives [L.A. Utility Bills]

    03/16/2010 8:05:29 PM PDT · by freespirited · 6 replies · 300+ views
    LA Times ^ | 03/15/10 | David Zahniser and Phil Willon
    Households that get their power from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power could see their electric bills go up between 8.8% and 28.4%, depending on where they live and how much energy they use, under a plan unveiled Monday by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Appearing with labor and environmental leaders, Villaraigosa said the proposed increases would ensure that the DWP meets his goal of securing 20% of its energy from renewable sources by Dec. 31. The increased revenue would help pay for new environmental initiatives, including more aggressive conservation programs and a solar initiative designed to create 16,000 jobs....
  • PG&E customer refuses to take smart meter, locks up old meter

    03/12/2010 8:04:49 PM PST · by thecodont · 49 replies · 2,644+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | March 12 2010 at 11:13 AM | Posted By: Aileen Yoo
    When Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced it was installing smart meters, they weren't exactly giving customers the option of turning down the device. But one Bay Area man demanding his constitutional rights told CBS5 that he doesn't want a new meter. Period. "To me it's unconstitutional, it's an invasion of my privacy," said Mark Dieteman. The smart meter allows PG&E to watch energy usage remotely and lets customers monitor how much electricity they use. However, residents have blamed the devices for a dramatic increase in their bills, prompting calls for an investigation. A Bakersfield man also filed a class-action...
  • EPA Document Creates Crossfire Between Midwestern Utilities and Enviros

    10/13/2009 8:30:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 382+ views
    ClimateWire.com on NYT ^ | 10/13/09 | Christa Marshall
    A new U.S. EPA analysis requested by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) is spawning a lobbying frenzy among Midwestern utilities that claim the document shows they will be treated unfairly under federal climate legislation. They say the assessment (pdf) reveals that states like California will receive a financial windfall under a global warming bill, while states like Wisconsin will not get enough help and will have to spike electricity rates as a result. "The EPA document just confirms the formula will disadvantage Midwest states for decades to come while the coastal states will hit a 'federal jackpot' every year over the...
  • For Utilities, the Future Is Now (Space-Based Power Generation Deal Signed?!)

    09/29/2009 7:59:37 AM PDT · by Liberty1970 · 11 replies · 611+ views
    Kiplinger Business Resource Center ^ | 09/29/2009 | Jim Ostroff
    For Utilities, the Future Is Now Generating power from the sun and burying carbon underground are two old concepts on the cusp of reality. By Jim Ostroff, Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter September 29, 2009 National Security Space Office, study on space based power Note two exciting energy technology developments whose times have come: Space based power plants and a coal burning facility that emits no carbon dioxide. Both are likely to be key elements in helping electric utilities meet expected stringent U.S. emissions requirements without having to mothball a large number of existing coal fired power plants. Power plants...
  • Profile: Russ Foss, Farmer Not Buying Into Wind [2.5 Cents More Per Kilowatt Hour Due To Wind]

    06/14/2009 4:52:22 AM PDT · by Son House · 33 replies · 1,527+ views
    Post-Bulletin Company ^ | 4/21/2009 | By Sarah Doty
    KENYON -- Russ Foss has lived on his 500 acre farm, southeast of Kenyon, for more than 42 years. A dairy farmer, Foss has kept busy serving time on the local co-op board and growing crops in his field. But Foss is clear to say that his 500 acres will never be home to what some are calling a "second crop," -- wind energy. "When they (the turbines) came out, I myself thought it was a good idea," he said. "Wind sounds like a good idea, until you really look into it. Then there are just so many holes in...
  • Utilities Turn Their Customers Green, With Envy (Report cards from utilities)

    01/31/2009 5:33:31 AM PST · by raybbr · 47 replies · 1,023+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 1/30/2009 | January 30, 2009
    A frowny face is not what most electric customers expect to see on their utility statements, but Greg Dyer got one. Patty Nolan and David Rabkin and their children, Alexis and Joshua, prize energy efficiency. He earned it, the utility said, by using a lot more energy than his neighbors. “I have four daughters; none of my neighbors has that many children,” said Mr. Dyer, 49, a lawyer who lives in Sacramento. He wrote back to the utility and gave it his own rating: four frowny faces. Two other Sacramento residents, however, Paul Geisert and his wife, Mynga Futrell, were...
  • Immigrants ravage U.S. infrastructure

    01/16/2009 2:08:23 AM PST · by Man50D · 14 replies · 1,074+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | January 15, 2009 | Chelsea Schilling
    The United States will need $1.6 trillion to repair damage to its infrastructure from a massive influx of immigrants, a new report reveals. In his report titled, "The Twin Crises: Immigration and Infrastructure," prominent researcher Edwin S. Rubenstein examines 15 categories of infrastructure: airports, border security, bridges, dams and levees, electricity (the power grids), hazardous waste removal , hospitals, mass transit, parks and recreation facilities, ports and navigable waterways, public schools, railroads, roads and highways, solid waste and trash, and water and sewer systems. Rubenstein, a financial analyst and former contributing editor of Forbes and economics editor of National Review,...
  • California Set to Adopt Sweeping Global Warming Plan

    12/11/2008 7:42:36 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 61 replies · 1,670+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 12/11/08
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California's utilities, refineries and large factories must transform their operations to cut greenhouse gas emissions as part of a new climate plan before state regulators. On Thursday, the California Air Resources Board was expected to adopt what would be the nation's most sweeping global warming plan, outlining for the first time how individuals and businesses would meet a landmark 2006 law that made the state a leader on global climate change. It would hold California's worst polluters accountable for the heat-trapping emissions they produce _ transforming how people travel, utilities generate power and businesses use electricity. At...
  • Water groups detail agenda to Obama

    11/18/2008 4:58:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies · 540+ views
    American Water Works Association ^ | November 18, 2008 | Staff
    AWWA has joined with the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, National Association of Water Companies and the National Rural Water Association in developing "A National Agenda for Drinking Water" to assist President-Elect Barack Obama and his incoming administration. The report addresses topics including economic stimulus, long-term infrastructure investment, drinking water standards, source water protection, climate change, and system security. It specifically asks for “dedicated funding” for water infrastructure in any economic stimulus package, “dispersed in such a way as to be quickly accessed by utility managers, with a minimum of delay and ‘red tape.’” It calls the $1 billion included...
  • A question about electric deregulation..

    07/04/2008 11:31:49 AM PDT · by YankeeMagic · 12 replies · 146+ views
    My father-in law keeps telling me our state (PA) is deregulating electric by the end of 2011 and that we are going to see a 30% increase in rates. I can;t seem to find anything about this anywhere. I always thought deregulation was a good thing...
  • Los Angeles mayor considers $1 Billion ‘toilet-to-tap’ plan (recycled potty water)

    05/15/2008 3:09:23 PM PDT · by XR7 · 92 replies · 269+ views
    LOS ANGELES — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the Department of Water and Power are expected to announce on May 15 a revised water use and management plan for this city that includes using recycled wastewater to recharge drinking water aquifers, according to a May 15 Los Angeles Times article. The new plan allocates about $1 billion for the proposed reclamation system, also known as “toilet-to-tap” or “sewer-to-spigot.” The city would recycle about 4.9 billion gallons of treated wastewater to drinking standards by 2019, The Wall Street Journal reported on May 15. Villaraigosa, who less than a decade ago opposed such...
  • Massive Power Outage Hits Florida

    02/26/2008 12:55:54 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 48 replies · 192+ views
    CNN.com ^ | Tuesday, February 26, 2008
    <p>Widespread power outages were reported Tuesday from Miami to Jacksonville on Florida's east coast and as far north as Tampa on the Gulf Coast, police and utility officials said.</p> <p>As many 800,000 Florida Power & Light Co. customers are without power Tuesday afternoon, the company said.</p>
  • California proposes government-regulated thermostats

    01/21/2008 2:55:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies · 530+ views
    One News Now ^ | January 21, 2008 | Pete Chagnon
    Californians may soon have to deal with climate change on a different scale -- and this time the culprit isn't greenhouse gas. The California Energy Commission is proposing a plan which allows the government to regulate household thermostats in the event of an "energy crisis." Under the proposed rules, all new thermostats will be fitted with technology that will allow the government to adjust the temperature of someone's home by plus or minus four degrees. Originally the plans called for mandatory compliance; however, amid public outcry, the plans have been slightly altered to allow an individual to turn off the...
  • N.J. may penalize utilities that pollute (attacking global warming)

    11/22/2007 11:49:02 AM PST · by Coleus · 28 replies · 111+ views
    northjersey.com ^ | November 18, 2007 | ALEX NUSSBAUM
    New Jersey's lawmakers are poised to impose new pollution penalties on power companies -- the first step in determining who pays for contributing to global warming and who profits from preventing it. By year's end, the Legislature is expected to approve a plan requiring the companies to pay for the greenhouse gases they produce, a charge that could amount to $70 million or more each year. The system is designed to give companies an incentive to cut emissions. But in the short run, at least, the price of polluting is likely to be passed on to consumers. And that could...
  • (vanity) Recently found cool freeware utilities thread

    06/23/2007 7:12:01 AM PDT · by martin_fierro · 20 replies · 870+ views
    Teh Intarweb | 6/23/07 | marty_f
    Found a cool, free (and Spyware-free) utility last night that lets you create an Adobe PDF file out of anything you can send to a printer. Adobe software offers this same feature, but you have to buy their program. This one is FREE. It's called Primo PDF. Whatchoo got? Post it here.
  • ‘Fiscal irresponsibility’ (Trans-Texas Corridor audit)

    02/25/2007 5:09:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies · 773+ views
    Waxahachie Daily Light ^ | February 24, 2007 | JoAnn Livingston
    The Trans-Texas Corridor, Gov. Rick Perry’s massive transportation project, hit some speed bumps Friday. A sharply-worded report from the State Auditor’s Office was released - and a member of the Republican leadership in the House filed a bill to repeal the plan, which could encompass up to 8,000 miles. Brenham Rep. Lois Kolkhorst’s bill is almost identical to one already filed by Democrat state Rep. David Leibowitz of Helotes, near San Antonio. With lawmakers from both sides of the aisle questioning the project, organizers of a March 2 are hoping thousands of Texans will make their way to the state...
  • TTC-35: $105.6 billion

    02/24/2007 5:02:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 523+ views
    Waxahachie Daily Light ^ | February 23, 2007 | Joann Livingston
    A State Auditor’s Office report on the Texas Department of Transportation and the Trans-Texas Corridor set for public release today estimates a $105.6 billion price tag for the TTC-35 portion alone of the massive transportation project. The TTC-35 represents 14 percent, or 560 miles, of the Trans-Texas Corridor’s proposed 4,000 miles of roadway criss-crossing the state. A 2002 estimate by TxDOT placed the cost for the entire Trans-Texas Corridor at between $145 and $184 billion. Taken as a whole, the Trans-Texas Corridor on its completion could become “the longest network of toll roads in the world,” according to the audit....
  • CNBC Exclusive: KKR Near Deal to Buy Texas Utility in Record LBO

    02/23/2007 2:49:02 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 341+ views
    CNBC.com (excerpt) ^ | February 23, 2007
    Excerpt - In what will be the largest leveraged buyout of all time, the private equity firm of KKR is close to announcing its purchase of TXU, the giant Texas utility that is the largest producer of power in that state, CNBC's David Faber has learned. TXU's board is expected to vote on the deal this weekend and an announcement is likely on Monday morning, people familiar with the situation told Faber. TXU officials and KKR declined comment. The exact price KKR will pay is unclear, Faber said. TXU's current market cap is $27.5 billion. It also has $12.3 billion...
  • CA: Democrats target truckers, utilities with global warming bills

    02/22/2007 5:02:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 646+ views
    ap on San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 2/22/07 | Don Thompson - ap
    SACRAMENTO – Targeting truckers, contractors and others, Senate Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions beyond the landmark global warming law that took effect this year. The package of bills would ban methane releases from garbage dumps, reduce exhaust emissions from trucks, construction equipment and school buses, and force utilities to increase energy from renewable sources. Other lawmakers, including some Democrats, and Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger immediately criticized the legislative package. They said it would overwhelm state regulators who are still trying to decide how to implement last year's global warming law. That law imposes the country's...
  • I-69 is Semi-Finalist in Corridors of the Future Program

    02/10/2007 5:20:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 77 replies · 1,399+ views
    News Release Contact: Randall Dillard Telephone: (512) 463-8588 Interstate 69 from Texas to Michigan is included on a short list of interstate corridors being considered for fast track development by federal transportation officials, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary. E. Peters has announced. If I-69 is selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation this summer as part of the Corridors of the Future program, the federal department will aggressively support the project to move it “from the drawing board to completion faster than ever before,” according to the announcement. The Texas segment of I-69 is being developed as part of the...
  • The Perfect Electric Car?

    12/31/2006 12:42:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 130 replies · 3,083+ views
    TecheBlog ^ | December 26, 2006
    Phoenix Motorcars has developed what could possibly be the perfect electric car. Classified as a Sport Utility Truck (SUT), this vehicle “can cruise on the freeway at up to 95 m.p.h. while carrying five passengers and a full payload.” The Phoenix Motorcars SUV will be introduced in late 2007, having a range of 130 miles, and can be recharged in less than 10 minutes with an off-board charging unit or trickle-charged overnight when plugged into a 220V power source, similar to the SUT. The estimated cost to recharge the battery pack is a small fraction of equivalent gasoline costs. Phoenix...
  • California Kindles Green Energy

    12/26/2006 11:51:22 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 643+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | December 26, 2006 | Rebecca Smith
    Facing new regulations intended to limit greenhouse-gas emissions by the electricity industry, California utilities are using their clout as big power buyers to snub "dirty" resources outside the state and push forward development of renewable resources in and around California. At a meeting next month, California utility regulators are expected to approve a measure that will prohibit utilities from entering into contracts to buy electricity from resources that emit substantial greenhouse gases, such as coal. The policy, believed a first among states, implements a new state law that takes aim at global warming. (See related article.) Utilities in the state...
  • Dingell: FCC should delay AT&T vote

    11/08/2006 3:47:58 PM PST · by Snickering Hound · 10 replies · 567+ views
    AP ^ | 11-8-06
    WASHINGTON — John Dingell, the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said Wednesday he wants the Federal Communications Commission to delay its vote on AT&T Inc.'s acquisition of BellSouth Corp. Dingell, saying the combination raises a "significant antitrust question, sent a letter to the FCC asking that it hold off on the vote until after the new Congress convenes in January. "I think it would be in their interest, I think it would be in the interest of the committee, and I think it would be in the interest of the public," he said Wednesday. FCC Chairman...
  • Morris: The new federalism

    03/21/2006 8:20:14 PM PST · by Jean S · 10 replies · 607+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/33/06 | Dick Morris
    The recent court decision voiding the efforts of the Bush administration to allow utilities to upgrade their plants — partially, rather than fully, as the law requires — signals the start of a redefinition of federal-state relations. The plaintiff in this litigation was not an aggrieved individual or company but a dozen states acting in concert to battle the Bush rules.On the merits of the lawsuit, I agree with the administration. The all-or-nothing requirement on upgrading utility plants has served to freeze the current dirty technologies in place and prevent any improvements at all. Half a loaf, in this case,...
  • Ex-NFL lineman trades jersey for utilities, helmet for Kevlar

    03/09/2006 3:48:41 PM PST · by SandRat · 20 replies · 1,132+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Lance Cpl. Dorian Gardner
    MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO (March 10, 2006) -- Giving up the fame of the football field at 29 years old, one Company B recruit looked for a glory that was more permanent than any trophy. At age 13, Pfc. Jeremy Staat was 75 inches tall and weighed 230 pounds. It seemed as if he was built for football, according to Staat. “I really didn’t have to work hard at it,” said Staat. Starting as an offensive lineman, Staat grew as a football player and saw his first glimpse of the Marine Corps not long after starting at Arizona...
  • Stolen Map of NYC Water System May Put Supply in Jeopardy

    02/23/2006 11:59:56 AM PST · by XR7 · 64 replies · 3,259+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | 2/23/06 | LAUREN ELKIES
    New York City's water supply could be the target of contamination if a water system map made its way into the wrong hands, an environmentalist said. The threat has arisen since someone broke into a vehicle belonging to a Department of Environmental Protection maintenance supervisor and stole an agency laptop containing a map of the water system. If the map was detailed enough,"there could be the opportunity to pose a threat," the executive director for the Center for Environmental Information, Cindy Stachowski, said. Even without a map, Ms. Stachowski added, someone pouring biological, chemical, or radiological contaminants into a fresh...
  • CA: PUC Eyes Emissions Limits for Utilities

    02/17/2006 7:11:00 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 284+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/17/06 | Bloomberg News
    Edison International, PG&E Corp. and other suppliers of electricity in California will be required by state regulators to cut greenhouse-gas emissions. Power companies in the most populous state will face a cap intended to bring emissions down, possibly to 1990 levels, according to a measure approved Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said last year that he wanted the state to cut greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. The state would be the first to regulate emissions by electricity providers. "It's a very positive first step in the right direction," said Dan Kalb, the California...
  • The PA's debts

    01/31/2006 10:51:21 PM PST · by ScaniaBoy · 15 replies · 502+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 1 February, 2006 | Editorial
    Since Hamas's landslide victory, a debate has ensued over whether Israel ought to continue to remit taxes it has been collecting on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, even though the PA will now be controlled by a terrorist organization openly committed to Israel's destruction. For just the payment scheduled for this month, some NIS 200 million has been collected, and for now the government seems to have decided not to transfer the funds to the PA. Unmentioned in our public discourse, however, are the vast funds owed by the PA to Israel. This situation antedates all recent upheavals. No sooner...