These examples are for reactors run by Southern Nuclear,
which is the nuclear unit of Southern Company, which has only six units operational.
About every other month
one or another of them is down. Continue reading →
Signs point to an exodus in Vidalia onion country. Fliers on a
Mexican storefront advertise free transportation for workers willing
to pick jalapenos and banana peppers in Florida and blueberries in the
Carolinas. Buying an outbound bus ticket now requires reservations.
While most states rejected immigration crackdowns this year, conservative
Georgia and Utah are the only states where comprehensive bills have
passed. With the ink barely dry on Georgia’s law, among the toughest
in the country, the divisions between suburban voters and those in
the countryside are once again laid bare when it comes to immigration,
even among people who line up on many other issues.
Guess who wanted this crackdown even though rural south Georgians didn’t:
The crackdown proved popular in suburban Atlanta, where Spanish-only
signs proliferate and the Latino population has risen dramatically over
the past few decades. Residents complain that illegal immigrants take
their jobs and strain public resources.
That’s right: Atlanta, not content with lusting after our water,
now scares off our workers.
Do immigrants really take jobs from locals?
Such claims never seem to have data to back them up.
I tend to agree with
“This is about fear, that people are going to steal my job,” Santana said
of the law. “No we ain’t. You don’t clean toilets and clean sheets,
stop shucking and jiving.”
In south Georgia local people won’t pick Vidalia onions for the wages
immigrants will, and the wages locals want the farmers can’t afford.