Sempra Energy’s California leak stinks so bad the VDT smelled it from 3,000 miles away.
But GA Gov. Nathan Deal still can’t smell Sabal Trail over campaign contributions
from Sempra and from Spectra Energy.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A utility trying to stop a monthlong leak
at a massive natural gas storage facility near a Los Angeles
neighborhood said it planned to use a mist to mask the sickening
stench as work continues — possibly for three more months
— to plug the well.
The L.A. Times’ online poll is currently running 92% yes on
“Is distributed generation the future of electric grids?”
And Los Angeles is doing something about distributed rooftop solar power.
Something we could be doing right here in south Georgia.
If Georgia Power won’t do it, local governments could.
After all, if the Industrial Authority can float bonds to buy
land for business parks that sit vacant, it could float bonds
to fund rooftop solar.
Or maybe sell some of that land to pay for solar.
The first small shoots of what will grow into a sprawling solar
power plant have sprouted in Los Angeles.
L.A.’s Department of Water and Power is rolling out the country’s
biggest urban rooftop program, which will pay residents for solar
energy they produce in excess of their own needs. That will give
residents a reason to install more solar capacity on their roofs
than they can use in their homes.
The plant’s operator Southern California Edison had hoped at one
point to have one of the plant’s two units operating by summer, but
NRC Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane made it clear that will not
Macfarlane told reporters Tuesday after a speech, “You know, the
process is very complicated now. Almost every day it gets a little
more complicated…. Right now I can tell you a decision on restart
won’t happen until the end of June, certainly after the middle of
“It may get pushed back later,” she said. “I don’t know.”
Maybe the ASLB was referring to some other NRC that should hold public
The Atomic Safety and Licensing Board (ASLB) agreed with Friends
of the Earth (FOE) when it ruled that
restarting either San Onofre unit requires a full public hearing
like a trial, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) interprets
that as having nothing to do with its own staff decision process.
This is after the city of Los Angeles (and numerous other
southern California cities and the San Diego Unified School District)
said it didn’t want any
decision about restarting any San Onofre reactor/ without a full,
transparent, public decision process.
The L.A. Times says all this is creating “confusion”.
Just last week I heard Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers say confusion
was bad for business.
Maybe it will be bad not just for Southern California Edison and its
San Onofre nukes, but also for Georgia Power and Southern Company’s
19-month-late and billion-over-budget nuclear boondoggle at Plant Vogtle.
Washington’s inaction on the immigration crisis is no longer sprouting
only hostile and inhumane local laws. But there is growing evidence an
increasing number of local and state officials have tired of playing an
abusive and costly anti-immigration game they don’t believe in.
Two weeks ago, Gov. Cuomo pulled New York State from the Secure
Communities federal deportation program, following Illinois Gov. Pat
Quinn who had done the same weeks before. And days after Cuomo’s decision
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick took the same courageous step. All
three governors are Democrats and strong allies of President Obama.
They had plenty of reasons to quit the controversial Department of
Homeland Security program. Promoted as a tool to deport undocumented
immigrants convicted of serious crimes, in reality Secure Communities
targets mostly low-level offenders or those never convicted of any crime
And who benefits by arresting such people?
Private prison companies, which hold the new prisoners.
It’s not just northeast state, either.
Here’s a city and state on the frontline of immigration, Los Angeles, California:
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