Hey! Whaddaya know? Tucson fucked itself again.
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The most proactive individual act you can make towards reducing climate change effects is to eat a plant based diet. Meat and dairy products produce almost 20% of greenhouse gases.
Truly a shame and a kind of whitewashing of Tucson history.
Things are over growing rapidly in an unusual and unnerving growth cycle .The majority of my herbs reached their full flowering capacity by May.This should not happen until July.I lost both Echinacea and Ginseng in one day.Our high desert landscape is littered by browning, dying trees and vegetation.
We are caught in a landcape that looks partially like mars and partially like a strange prehistoric land.
It feels tainted and sad.
There has been an unusual shift in the small creatures. I have seen very few lizards and crickets this year. Not one horny toad lizard. The lady bugs were abundant very early in the season, now there are none.
I had extremely large swarms of bees moving from tree to tree on my property, yet never staying long enough for the beekeepers to rescue them. I have not seen one bee in weeks.
We are witnessing the subjugation and destruction of nature and all things whimsical and pure.
If I had an ark I would begin filling it. But where to sail it to?
All of what the city is asking for is (was) already available at Access Tucson! They could have come down and did this programming for little cost but where to lazy to do that. They want some one to do it for them. So I say lets charge them the standard rate to do it! Cable franchise fees should only be used for cable related services NOT to bail out a city that can;t manage their finances .Let's trace where the monies from these fees are really going. I smell a rotten fish
Welcome back. In your September 2007 article you wrote:
"Greyhound racing's inherent cruelty resides not in its overt brutality, as in pit bull fighting, but in the shroud of secrecy that surrounds it. "
Guess what? That dog racing cesspool is still operating and in more secrecy than ever. Nothing has changed except it's gotten far worse.
Thank you for your wise and historical perspective on the closing of Access Tucson. It is a blow to the citizens of this community.
Advanced batteries like Tesla, Enphase and JuiceBox Energy are making will change everything. The price is dropping as fast and Solar panels did and computer chips under Moore's Law. Power to the people is now very possible. Micro GRIDs of neighbor to neighbor will make it even more robust.
Will 2015 be remembered as the year that solar and batteries became a reasonably priced alternative to reliance on the grid? The cost of solar has come down so much that, when combined with energy efficiency, energy management (like switching power consumption to hours with solar gain) and batteries, it is now feasible for this off-grid energy to cost in the range of utility costs. By 2020, it will be cheaper to go off grid than to stay on it.
This is largely because most utilities are not endorsing the new paradigm but are fighting it.
It is only financially good for them to fight solar in the short term. In the long run, they will suffer for it, and may well go out of business as the new paradigm overwhelms their opposition.
The utilities cannot be ignorant about the coming load defection revolution. Maybe willful blindness and a hope their ACC will save them is driving their resistance?
Well said, desertrat . There was an article quite a few months ago - not sure whether it was in the Weekly or online - that compared the electric company to the industry that used to make buggy whips. As cars became popular, people weren't buying buggy whips any more, and they sought protection by politicians. Similar events when scriveners were no longer needed due to the advent of photocopiers. This is what happens with capitalism - technology progresses, and new industries take the place of old ones.
The day will come - not sure whether it will be in two or three years (probably more) or fifty years (probably less) - when we no longer need the electrical grid, and that day will come sooner in the Sunbelt than it will elsewhere in this country. The combination of solar power and smaller, more efficient batteries will eventually become universal. In the meantime, electric companies, I recommend one word to the electric companies - diversify. You can make this transition smoothly, or you can be dragged into the future, kicking and screaming.
Get batteries if you can afford them, you may just be glad you did. (You're gonna need a lot to run A/C in Tucson, FYI; maybe you should insulate the house first/instead).
Batteries = Off Grid. No TEP, no APS, no ACC.
They screw with you, you 'move' and have the electric disconnected.
Give the guys in suits the finger, you're American, do it with pride!
Great article!! oh for the days when utilities were actually "public utilities" and they functioned to provide service to the public in return for a monopoly in a certain geographic area. Their only purpose was to serve ratepayers. Only an enlightened public that holds them responsible and votes can reverse the current short-term profit making and political pay-back reaction to changes that are inevitable.
We need much more people power and solar power in Arizona, not coal power or co-opted power. Tell everyone you know, as well as the elected officials in Arizona, that it is time to understand the terrible human health and environmental impacts of coal and coal ash in our environment. And it is time to do something phenomenal about our climate that is heating up here and dryng up our water supplies. We CAN make sane and sensible choices for our future survival on this beautiful Planet Earth that is our home. Let's replace those elected officials who value money over human survival and elect people who make sane decisions. But we cannot wait longer. The time is now!!!
This kind of attack on solar energy is a lingering blast from the past, a last gasp of the fossils, think Neanderthal, and is nationwide. And the more we expose it, as is done so well by the whistleblower and in this oped, the more it will slink back into it's cave, its proper place in our modern American energy picture. Dr. Harvard Ayers, Climate Voices US
"It's because the utilities make a lot more money from old, polluting power plants than they do from solar."
And where do those utilities plan to GET that "lot more money from old, polluting power plants...?" Out of YOUR back pocket, that's where. The utilities have had YOU captured (as customers) from the first time you paid the electric bill at your rented or owned apartment or house. Now they've used some of that extra money from your electric bill to PURCHASE favor from the corporation commissioners.
Great job, Nancy, setting for the simply but elegant truth about legal (and possibly some illegal) corruption at the Arizona Corporation Commission.
What makes you say that? It's not true.
"Directed at helping boys and young men of color, My Brother's Keeper is a challenge to communities to ensure that all youth can achieve their full potential."
So are you saying that men that lack color ALL achieve their full potential? Or is it just that nobody cares?
It sounds more like a co dependent program than anything else.
Where can we see the documented results? Chicago? Nope. Detroit? Uh uh. How about DC? No way.
What we need are more jobs than employees. Why can't liberals understand that?
Income fixes many things. Morals does the rest.
I am glad these programs are helping , and I'm not happy with the budget cuts , however if you look at the other side of TUSD these programs will fail because of the truth is Sanchez and TUSD leadership don't care. I have read the letters written about the district and I know what they have done to me and my son. read it for yourself https://www.change.org/p/tucson-unified-sc…. I have challenged TW to write my story , lets see if they will leave my comment up for everyone to see
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