Fight Against Dirty Coal Plant

I got this email from the Sierra Club and wanted to pass it along….Mississippi is already the most littered state…so let us try and keep it a bit cleaner…if possible…..

Do you think $2.8 billion for a dirty coal plant is a good investment for Mississippi? Mississippi Power is proposing an enormous, dirty coal plant in Kemper County and will pass on the construction cost to their customers, causing monthly bills to increase by 200%!

Take action now to oppose Mississippi Power’s $2.8 billion dollar coal plant in Kemper County.

Mississippi’s Public Service Commission (PSC) is accepting public comments through the public hearing on February 5th.  We need your input as they consider granting the certificate of need for this multi-billion dollar, dirty, unnecessary coal plant.

There are cleaner, healthier solutions to Mississippi. There is over 7,000 MW of power in cleaner burning natural gas plants that are sitting idle while MS Power claims there are no other sources of energy.  Energy efficiency and conservation should be the “first fuel” that should be utilized and considered before saddling electric customers with billions of dollars of debt for decades to come.

Please submit a public comment now and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

Take Action here:

If you love your state and want to keep it as pristine as possible….GET INVOLVED!


Will Energy Costs Go Up?

If you listen to Repubs, it will.  They pick some obtuese figure to use and scare the public into submission.

Recently Gov. Barbour made this observation:

“Instead of a policy of more American energy, the proposed Obama policy is to establish a cap and trade tax, increase taxes on oil and gas companies by $81 billion and create a requirement that a certain percentage of electricity be generated with renewable fuels … a so called renewable portfolio standard,” Barbour said. “These policies have in common that they would all inevitably and substantially increase the cost of energy to the American families and American businesses, especially manufacturing.”

This should not effect manufacturing in the state….why?….they are given a free ride at every turn….so Barbour BS concerning industry is just so much crap.  Barbour is just repeating the playbook and daily talking pointys issued for Repubs to use in their count-offensive against “clean air”.

The Barbours have been champions of eliminating litter in Mississippi…good idea…but some how clean air means NOTHING to them.  Eliminating litter would involve getting free labor out of the the residents…..eliminating air pollution would require the govs donor base having to do the work…something we cannot have (that is sarcasm, in case you missed it).

Time To Make The Coast Presentable

Recently I read an article in my local paper about the “program” to Clean-up the Coast ahead of the National Governors Conference to be held on the Coast in the coming weeks.

It is all about appearance….we would not want the nation’s govs to get the wrong impression of Mississippi….and besides this will cost no or little cash…and that is what the governor and the politicians want.

If they think they will embarrass Bubba into playing ball and not littering…they are on CRACK!  Bubba cares less about what the Coast looks like as long as he can drink beer, riding around wasting gas in his boat and going to Hooters.

What these moronbic politicians should be worried about is the condition of the people in the state.,..that is a never ending embarrassment….low education…high amount of poor…high teen preggies…..crappy health care…these thing is what should be worked on and not how many years Toyota gets a free ride on taxes.

Mississippians are slobs and they will seldom change…but good luck with trying to bullshit the other governors.

How Green Is Mississippi?

Earth Day has come and gone.  Coastians have been picking up litter and planting trees this week in honor of Earth Day and the Great American Cleanup and in anticipation of summer visitors.

In Biloxi the cleanup ran all week and continues today. On Friday teams from local organizations and the casinos spread out to clean the downtown and neighborhoods. The Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce installed recycling bins for plastic bottles and aluminum cans at the Biloxi Town Green and plan to install more downtown and throughout the city.

Was all this truly to make the Coast greener or an attempt to make a good impression on the nation’s governors?

The nation’s governors, many of whom will get their first look at the Coast when they attend the National Governors’ Association annual meeting at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center, July 17 to 20.

This was a pretty good start, but more, much more needs to be done before the Coast is considered a green community.  But the efforts by Biloxi and other Coast cities is nothing more than an opportunity for Barbour to strut around and take all the credit for the recovery on the Coast.

If Mississippi truly wants to be a green state then the legislature has the power to make it so, but they WILL NOT!  To do so would be an insult to the corporations and business interests in the state.

Planting a tree and the placing of recycling bins is just ducky….but they are superficial attempts, NOTHING of substance.


How About Coastal Wind Farms?

A new study issued by the Dept of the Interior calls for the installation of Coastal wind farms.

Wind farms placed off U.S. coastlines could contribute significantly to meeting the nation’s energy needs, says an Interior Department study.

The study is part of the Obama administration’s plan to chart a course for offshore energy development, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.

Harnessing wind in relatively shallow waters, which is the most technically feasible for offshore turbines, could produce at least one-fifth of the power needed for most coastal states, said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

I recently wrote a post about how the state’s schools should form a collective to do research on all sorts of alt energy.  The Mississippi Gulf Coast has the shallow waters that is needed according to the study for the wind farms and we have a pretty substantial wind flow, so why not get some of the funds and get the engineering schools busy developing programs and such?

The Coast also has abundant sunshine and tidal flow other areas that need exploring.  But sad to say that the state will spend more of their time patting someone on the back, or naming a stretch of highway after someone or setting up more studies and all that research money will probably pass the state by.  About the only time that the state will take this type of thing seriously is if a company will  making obscene profits, seldomn will it be what is best for the people of the Coast.

Biofuel Comes To Mississippi

A Canadian company said Thursday it had selected a northeast Mississippi site for its first U.S. plant to turn solid waste, wood residues and other feedstock into biofuel.

A spokeswoman for Montreal-based Enerkem Inc. said the company had been in discussions with officials in Pontotoc since early last year. The plant is expected to create up to 450 jobs.

Enerkem has signed a letter of intent with the Three Rivers Regional Solid Waste Management Authority, which owns and operates a regional landfill for the counties of Calhoun, Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee, Monroe, Pontotoc, and Union.

Three Rivers has agreed to supply Enerkem with approximately 189,000 tons or 60 percent of its solid waste annually as feedstock for the plant.

Enerkem has operated a pilot plant in Sherbrooke, Quebec, since 2003. Its first commercial plant was in Westbury, Quebec, and the company will start construction on a third plant in Edmonton, Alberta. The Mississippi plant will be a $250 million project and is expected to produce 20 million gallons of ethanol a year

The project is expected to create 150 long-term direct and indirect jobs and 300 jobs during the construction and startup phase, officials said.

It will be fascinating to see what the governor and his cronies have offered this company as compensation for locating in Mississippi.

Government Plan For South MS

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is proposing to spend about $1.2 billion on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast to buy some 2,000 seaside properties, relocate a small town’s public buildings and restore hurricane-damaged wetlands and beaches.

A draft proposal released Tuesday follows in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when Bay St. Louis, Waveland and Biloxi were destroyed in 2005 by a storm surge 20 feet or higher over most of this coastline.

The draft of the corps’ 40-year plan will now undergo a series of reviews and face public scrutiny before being presented to Congress, possibly by November.

Unlike efforts in Louisiana, the corps’ plans for Mississippi do not envision enormous levees and flood barriers to protect against future hurricanes. But under the plan, the corps would use $400 million for voluntary buyouts of up to 2,000 parcels of land. The remaining funds would go to restoring fragile barrier islands, reviving eroded marshes and other measures.

Taylor, D-Bay St. Louis, said that the Mississippi Coastal Improvements Plan has some excellent aspects, such as restoration of the barrier islands. And even though the plan has shrunk somewhat in scope since its origin, it is “still a very, very ambitious project,” he added.

Taylor said he has told officials in the corps’ top echelon that any property buyouts must be voluntary on the part of the sellers, and any mandatory buyout by the government will not fly. “Given the sensitivities, there was a very high level of concern. They got the message,” he said.

When the corps brought its buyout proposal to public meetings in the past, some property owners and public officials feared from comments they heard that citizens may be forced to sell their land to the government. “At least one person at the corps misspoke,” Taylor said. “I want to make it abundantly clear. This is strictly voluntary.”

At this point, the MSCIP is not even funded. “The question mark is, where is the money going to come from?” Taylor said. For the plan to fly, it would need both enabling legislation and funding from Congress, he said.

As things now stand, the MSCIP is a long process.