One Image Proves That Both Louisiana Nuclear Power Stations Could Be Replaced By Rooftop Solar – Comment Deadline July 23rd, 11:59 pm ET (10:59 CDT)

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Comment Due Jul 23, 2018 11:59 PM ET (10:59 CDT) https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NRC-2017-0141. This is for comment on the US NRC’s Environmental Impact Statement for relicensing River Bend Nuclear Power Station near St. Francisville (and Baton Rouge) Louisiana from midnight August 29, 2025 to 2045. Include Docket ID NRC-2017-0141 in the subject line of your comment.

According to the US NRC, 14% of Louisiana’s electricity in 2015 came from nuclear power. There are two nuclear power stations in Louisiana – Waterford near New Orleans, and River Bend, near Baton Rouge. River Bend is smaller, apparently in dangerously bad condition, and has been offline a lot. Even if one is generous and assumes that 7% of Louisiana’s electricity is from River Bend, the chart below still clearly shows that it could be more than replaced by solar PV. In fact, both Waterford and River Bend could be replaced. Additionally, due to improvements in…

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EPA Pruitt Quits

President announces resignation of Scott Pruitt

” . . . . Trump has stood behind Pruitt up until Thursday, as the latest controversies including trying to get his wife a $200,000-per-year job and having assistants pay for travel expenses. “The unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us,” Pruitt said in his resignation letter.”

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Mining Awareness is watching heavy weather around the Gulf Coast … and nuke plants that need uninterrupted standard power to operate. If anything happens he will have details.

EPA chief Pruitt’s $43,000 soundproof booth violated law: U.S. GAO

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency violated the law when it approved a $43,000 soundproof phone booth last year for the office of embattled Administrator Scott Pruitt….”

4-18 EPA’s Pruitt under spending probe; senators urge his ouster

Mining Awareness170 Members of the US Congress Introduce Resolution Calling for Trump EPA Head Pruitt’s Resignation

The Advocate Louisiana legislators earn big money from government agencies – but some kept secret

“. . . the laws appear to be easy to circumvent because they allow public agencies to route money through third parties – including a public official’s own private firm — removing, in effect, any onus for meaningful disclosure.”

April 9 – Effort to extend time to sue insurance companies for bad faith sidelined by House panel
A Louisiana House committee narrowly defeated Monday legislation that opponents called the Texas Brine Bail Out Act.

 

On the giant cracks happening in Kenya –

It is because of the SOMALI PLATE.  Strange Sounds Another 2-kilometer crack opens up in Kenya swallowing up crops and farms
Crack #1 – The WatchersLarge crack in East African Rift is evidence of continent splitting in two

Big Crackdown on Pipeline Protests!

The Intercept – LOUISIANA AND MINNESOTA INTRODUCE ANTI-PROTEST BILLS AMID FIGHTS OVER BAYOU BRIDGE AND ENBRIDGE PIPELINES

“This week, the Louisiana House of Representatives introduced new legislation aimed at criminalizing the activities of groups protesting the extraction, burning, and transport of oil and gas.

. . . .The Louisiana bill, unlike the ALEC model, does not require that any disruption to a facility’s functioning take place for penalties to apply — an individual could face huge fines or prison time without ever having set foot on the property.

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Revealing bad guys: there are now multiple fake organizations opposing clean energy for Louisiana

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 There are now multiple fake organizations, and they’re opposing clean energy for Louisiana. You may have seen Facebook posts for these groups. Perhaps you received a mailer, or saw a TV commercial. These are well-funded groups, and they’re not friends of Louisiana. But first, some context.
In 2015, Southwestern Electric Power Company (a Shreveport-based electric company) developed a long-term plan to buy lots of renewable energy. These plans in the electric industry are called “integrated resource plans”, and you can read SWEPCO’s plan, here. To implement its plan, SWEPCO is partnering with a sister-utility in Oklahoma to construct the nation’s largest wind farm in western Oklahoma; the “Wind Catcher” project will total 2,000 megawatts – that’s about 4x more power than the entire city of Lafayette. According to SWEPCO, “When the project is complete, SWEPCO will provide 26% of its energy from renewable resources, up from 8% today” and it will “save SWEPCO customers more than $4 billion.” So who would be opposed?
Our first anti-wind group is called “Protect Our Pocketbooks“. Their  sole  purpose to is oppose the Wind Catcher wind farm. It’s a shady group run by aDelaware-registered company, with its primary lobbyist based in Little Rock. Their slick videos and web materials are put together by a PR firm called Impact Management Group in Little Rock, which has deep ties with the natural gas industry. 
The second group is called “Renewable Louisiana” – they’re 100% modeled off another group called “Renewable Arkansas – similar logo, same slick videos, etc. They’re masquerading as a pro-solar group, but their sole purpose is to oppose the Wind Catcher project, and are doing nothing to support solar. They’re tricking pro-solar folks to oppose wind energy. Neither group is registered in Arkansas nor Louisiana. Renewable Arkansas claims to be a “project” of a group called “Americans for Affordable Energy”, except, that group is registered in North Carolina to a PR firm in Virginia, which has deep ties to coal, natural gas and nuclear industries. 
Is your head spinning yet? These are “dark money” groups, so we don’t know for sure who’s paying for it all, but there are clearly some good theories. They paid significantly to grow their Facebook pages to nearly 3,000 people, each. Check out their Facebook pages and ask who’s funding them. 
But enough on the fake groups. Email our public service commissioner, Commissioner Craig Greene, and let him know you support clean energy, including the Wind Catcher project: craig.greene ‘at’ la.gov
Events 

Bayou Electric Vehicles meeting, 3/28, 6:30PM, Main Library 2nd floor (event)

Green Drinks!, 3/29, 6:30PM, Dat Dog (event)


Lafayette City/Parish Council meeting “open mic night”, 3/20, 5:30PM event)

Lafayette Mini Maker Faire, 3/24, 10AM, Lafayette Science Museumevent)
The Current Rebooted: A Relaunch Party, 3/21, 6PM, Jefferson Street Pubevent)
Science on the Bayou, 3/27, 7PM Jefferson Street Pubevent)
Social Media Breakfast, 4/6, 7:30AM, Opportunity Machineevent)
Earth Day Preamble, 4/7, morning, Wurst Biergarten (more to come)
Southern Board Game Festival, 4/14, 9M, Lafayette Science Museumevent)
Fete de la Terre expo, 4/20, UL  (more to come)
Fly Fishing Film Tour 2018, 4/21, 3:30PM, Pack & Paddleevent)
Festival, 4/25event)
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New Orleans: The Police State Petri-Dish

This isn’t sinkhole related – but it speaks to the corrupt political culture in Louisiana (not alone).

New Orleans Cancels Secret Pre-Crime Police Program After Media Exposure

” [Ali] Winston helped to uncover a secret predictive policing program that had been ongoing for 6 years by the New Orleans PD in cooperation with CIA-connected Palantir Technologies. The program had been designed to operate behind the cover of a philanthropic partnership orchestrated by political operative James Carville so as to avoid having to disclose the details to citizens and even to their elected representatives in the city council. “

Also – Pentagon and DARPA Seek Predictive A.I. to Uncover Enemy Thoughts

Judge: Fault for Bayou Corne sinkhole lies with Texas Brine, OxyChem, Vulcan; companies had decades of warnings – The Advocate

By David Mitchell

[Jan. 12] – NAPOLEONVILLE — In a blistering new ruling, a state district judge criticized three companies for putting “economic interests over environmental and safety concerns” in operations that led to the formation of the 2012 Bayou Corne sinkhole, blaming longtime salt mining operator Texas Brine, Occidental Chemical and Vulcan Materials for the flawed underground mine that sparked the giant hole in the Louisiana swamp.

http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/article_7856ff5e-f4ae-11e7-b86c-4f261682612b.html