Ruck Fussia!

Other than a friend of mine buying an old Moisin-Nagant as a cheap plinking gun, or another friend that collects old Makarov semi-auto pistols, I can think of no other positive contribution to come from the Fussian Federation/USSR.

The hordes of hackers that Fussia produces certainly aren’t a positive, nor is the current government, which presents the facade of a nation based on democratic principles, but is in fact still as murderous, oppressive and tyrannical as it has been since 1917.

Even with the loss of many former USSR states, which the Fussian Federation wants to reclaim, Fussia has the largest land mass of any nation. It also has a disturbingly low birth replacement rate, low life expectancy for males, a crumbling infrastructure(especially the health care system), rising HIV/AIDS infection rates, hostile relations with its neighbors and a minimally effective economy which is almost entirely reliant on the price of oil.

Fussia, since the fall of the old USSR, and particularly since the rise of proud KGB/FSB agent Vladimir(pronounced Vlad-eemer) Putin, the hostility toward the west has resumed unabated. Weaker than it was most of the twentieth century, Fussia began arming our enemies(such as Iran/Syria/Venezuela) and supplying some of them with nuclear technology, all the while giving lip service to their friendship with the West and Israel.

In the most recent example of Fussia’s hostility to the West, we learn of the recent arrest of eleven ten spies from Fussia. These aren’t the type of spies one typically thinks of as they weren’t assigned diplomatic duties, these spies were “illegals” without diplomatic immunity and some of whom were even recognized by Fussian Foreign Ministry officials as Fussian citizens.
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The Sierra Club can take a hike. (They do that, don’t they?)

Bill Crawford is a former Mississippi legislator and community college administrator from Meridian, MS. His July 4th guest column in The Clarion Ledger is spot-on:

Researchers say America has twice as much energy (btu’s) in recoverable coal as the Saudis have in oil.

The key word is “recoverable.” Some coal cannot be recovered. Some is too expensive to recover. Some is too expensive to use if recovered. By one measure the U.S. has enough recoverable coal to fuel energy generation for 130 years. Others say 240 years.

Sounds like a lot of energy independence to me. Well, it would be if we are allowed to burn it.

But burning coal generates particulate, mercury, and sulfur and carbon dioxide. The Sierra club describes this with more fervor: “Coal combustion produces smog, soot, acid rain, the neurotoxin mercury, and is the largest single source of carbon dioxide emissions, a leading cause of global warming.”

EPA loopholes?

Environmental rules governing discharges get stricter every year. Now, the Sierra Club argues that a loophole in the federal Clean Air Act has allowed existing power plants to avoid installing modern pollution controls. They want government to force power companies to install modern technologies for aging coal-fired plants.

So, you might assume, the Sierra Club favors coal-fired plants that meet or exceed Clean Air Act standards?

How about one that would remove 99 percent of the sulfur dioxide, 90 percent of the mercury, and 99 percent of the particulates, would capture 65 percent of the carbon dioxide, and discharge no water?

Nope. The Sierra Club does not favor the Kemper County lignite plant that Mississippi Power Company plans to build, a plant that will meet these standards.

Think it through. Mississippi Power burns lots of coal. It’s OK for the company to revamp its old plants so they pollute less, though not as much less as the Kemper plant. But it’s not OK to build the Kemper plant because of pollution concerns.

Energy stability

Fascinating. The technology Mississippi Power will use in the Kemper plant will make more coal “recoverable.” Lignite is a form of “low-rank” coal that constitutes about half our known coal reserves. Being able to cost-effectively use low-rank coal increases our years of energy independence.

Even more fascinating. But, neither has anything to do with why I favor the lignite plant. I admit my lens is tinted by economic development. I like the Kemper plant because it will mean stability in power generation and power costs for my neck of the woods. If we had nuclear or hydroelectric power, I would feel the same. We don’t.

Of course, it also means Mississippi Power will be buying local coal, not out-of-state coal, hiring lots of local workers who need jobs, and providing a huge economic impact from its investments.

The Sierra Club can take a hike. (They do that, don’t they?)


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