Well, there they go again Mr. Gorbachov. Today’s crisis de jour is the new carbon emission reduction law where everyone gets to figure out how to cut power production pollution by 30% by 2030. Each state gets a couple of years to figure out how to enact Obammy’s new Gore Warming tax ( the mandate to the states isn’t about giving them time to think up new and unique solutions but is just the same old unfunded mandates the Feds love to foster on each individual state ). Listening to the talking turnip-heads on the radio one would believe that Liberals are meanies and hate capitalism and want us all to die in the dark while wearing Mao jackets. I think this is not too much more than a consumer subsidy of the fracking gas industry. And as an unintended consequence the Chinese will buy up coal mines and ship all of our remaining reserves overseas where they will be burned in worse plants than what we are using now and so carbon emissions globally will increase.
If you need completely new plant or smokestack controls, the price of energy skyrockets, even at non-coal plants. Since coal is 50% of our electrical grid generation, give or take, if that half is much more expensive less energy is generated and then all the hydro-electric and the nuclear and the natural gas turbine plants raise their prices. Which means this is also a backdoor means of rationing a dwindling power supply. Since nat-gas is the second largest means of generation, those plants already changed over can benefit from the increased rates with no cost to them. Frack gas can go up in price, prolonging the “boom”. Still raping the planet, corporations can rape the ignorant public and make much more money. You like 17 cent kilowatt hour rates ( up double in ten years )? Wait until they are one time Alaskan rates of fifty cent plus an hour. Even if the grid never collapses, it would still behoove you to drastically cut back power usage by multiple means, before the rush begins and you then see price increases and shortages of solar project material, insulation, etc.
On another note-I don’t know if I already mentioned it, but the Katadyn filters I recommended dropped from $70 to $55. I ordered two and feel much better about my future water supply. I wouldn’t wait, as these are silver laced and if that precious metal is jacked up, so goes the price of the filters.
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