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Re: “EPA revokes waiver for Arkansas to approve water permits

Two more points: (1) This new law also provides that--by legislative fiat--4 cubic feet per second is an appropriate streamflow for regulating pollution in small streams. Who needs scientists to figure this stuff out when our legislature is so wise? (2) Same industry crowd passed a stupid revision of state clean air law that similarly threatens a loss of Arkansas authority. Keep in mind that it may be a strategy to force an appeal of EPA enforcement to a federal appeals court, thereby allowing Republican judges to weaken clean water and clean air enforccement just Arkansas. We may be just the "weak state" enabling this strategy.

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Posted by twain on 08/31/2013 at 2:43 PM

Re: “Sun energy at the VA

Sometimes the differences (16% vs 30-40%) are because of the difference between PEAK usage (kW) and total consumption (kWh). Maybe the various smart people on this blog should just call and ask instead of speculating.

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Posted by twain on 08/03/2013 at 7:31 PM

Re: “Health care: So much money. For what?

The difference between US per capita costs and European/Canadian/Asian is even larger than it seems: so many US people are frozen out of the system, except for the emergency room. If you narrowed to the people actually covered, per-person costs would really be huge.
Yes, it includes insurance, and THAT is where a lot of the difference is. We pay for INSURANCE, only a share of which pays for HEALTH CARE. There are many other systemic costs, related to the difficulties of our specific insurance-based system, which are not worth summarizing for many commenters here because they mostly just want to argue their political views over the internet.

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Posted by twain on 12/02/2011 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Not much. You?

Hey, what is on fire that is producing that white haze over downtown LR?

Posted by twain on 08/17/2011 at 5:48 PM

Re: “ADEQ meets with Marcus Devine

I have been to the ADEQ records division before and read the citations, with pictures of various types of leaking sludge, of multiple drilling violators. Marcus Devine is not the only repeat offender or prominent owner in violation. Perhaps ADEQ should post on their webpage, with pictures, the sites of repeat offenders, or at least provide to the press (FOIA anyone?) copies of their reports on drilling investigations.

Posted by twain on 07/22/2011 at 5:39 PM

Re: “Berry time

Thanks for the shout out, Kat!

Posted by twain on 06/02/2011 at 5:28 PM

Re: “Supreme Court rebuffs SWEPCO plant challenge

Here is the core reason the plant was approved when it was: SWEPCO argued that it would require a certain amount of capacity to generate electricity (Megawatts, or MW) in 2011. Now it is 2011. I have not checked. The press could ask: "does the peak demand so far in 2011 match up with what SWEPCO projected for 2011 in the Arkansas approval proceedings?" If not, how big is the difference?

Next question: SWEPCO claims that it does not need a CECPN permit to build the plant because it will not charge Arkansas ratepayers: will it seek to "backdoor" the costs of the plant by seeking approval to buy energy from it and pass that cost to Arkansas ratepayers? Hold on to wallet while asking this.

Next question: the "ratebase" of a utility company is the basis for rates. It is roughly the sum of its capital investments. Profits are a percentage of ratebase. Initially, it looked like Turk would double SWEPCO's ratebase. Question: if the full cost of the Texas and Louisiana shares of Turk is approved, by what percentage does that increase their ratebase? That is likely one key reason they sold regulators on this plant.

Next question: will this brand new plant require upgrades within the next 5 years to comply with new EPA regs? What is the range of potential costs? Yep, that will add to ratebase.

Folks, this is less about the environment and more about money. Environment just gets caught in the crossfire.

Posted by twain on 05/26/2011 at 9:23 PM

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