Hear hear! Though I do agree with the representatives that the review process has proceeded in a ridiculously pathetic manner, what needs to be behind every objection is: we don't want this pipeline, we don't need this pipeline, this pipeline plan contradicts all good energy policy, and using eminent domain to build it is criminal. ...(full comment)
If you're going to sell cars in Franklin County, there's really no other place to be other than Greenfield, so I don't think it's all that laudable that he stayed in town. While not singling out this business in particular, this town has insane residential property taxes and the tax givaways to businesses are getting out of hand. Councilors should be asking if the requesting business NEEDS the break to create jobs, or is it just some sort of reward? Is there even any guarantee that they have to provide these jobs if he gets the break? Where's the oversight? And what's to prevent them from picking up and leaving after the 10 years is up if they don't get another break? (That happens all the time all over the country.)
Business tax breaks around the country are becoming a race to the bottom. If we focused on making Greenfield a better place to live, with much better schools to start, the customers and the businesses will come. ...(full comment)
The Recorder is doing an excellent job. There is a great deal of factual information and hundreds, if not thousands, of Massachusetts citizens have spent months and months in careful research; some of them quite knowledgeable in a professional capacity. The lies and half truths come from a for profit billionaire company that has limitless access to advertising and political contributions. If it was your home and family's health on the line, you would seek information, too: and if you learned what countless others have, in the face of this, you would be grateful for the factual reporting of this paper. It is rare in these times, and vital for a Democracy. More and more this nation has become an oligarchy where everything we are allowed to know is funnelled through billionaire owned media. ...(full comment)
Pieridae export terminal in Goldboro Nova Scotia states, in its application for fast track NEPA evaluation that "pipeline and fossil fuel companies" will benefit to the tune of eighteen quadrillion dollars over a twenty year period. This project is being illegally segmented and the sole goal of this is export for enormous private profit to billionaires and their off shore accounts. This latest installment of gaming the system is consistent with the whole manner of deceit and lies foster by this billionaire company. And FERC colludes with them. More people would have attended last night, but a great many feel that it is an exercise in futility, that FERC is completely compromised and corrupt by industry insiders and a revolving door with fossil fuels. KM and FERC are checking boxes, and it does not appear that there is any meaningful concern for either determining the actual need for this (None: our rates are middling and consistent even with regions with new pipeline capacity: whatever lies are being spread: and electricity use is going down in this region: steadily and consistently). This is a meaningless, dystopian process more characteristic of a banana republic than a democracy. A "scoping hearing" based on TBD's. Kudos to all the folks refusing permission to survey. They are trying to steal land and put the patina of fair process on a pack of lies. ...(full comment)
Thanks to the Recorder for printing my letter. May I continue it in cyberspace.
On the question of whether the less permanent interim solution of LNG gas is an adequate alternative to a pipeline (The DOER has already determined that it isn't.), can somebody explain with reasonably believable numbers (taking into account solar energy's capacity factor) why the idea of solar and conservation as a permanent solution to most energy needs isn't simply delusional? How can we and the third world cut carbon in the massive quantities said to be required without nuclear or something not discovered yet? Why don't we build that nuclear power plant on the Montague Plain?
I sometimes wonder who will be more to blame if Greenland melts, the people who wanted to put their hands in Jesus' wounds, or, the people who believed and then undermined the credibility of their assertion by insisting on implausible remedies. ...(full comment)
The issue is the lack of safety and respect for the impacted landowners in the area. There is lots of information available about the safety records of KM or other gas pipeline companies out there. Most is not good(Minisink, NY).FERC is only a watchdog for the wholesale energy market and caters to the industry.They are in the business to build/permit pipelines not stop them, in fact they have never denied a major pipeline in their history. By the way, where is it that you live Riks, ,I'd bet not in the path of the glorious pipeline. ...(full comment)
Fear mongering and vilifying... demonize the other side .. and deal in half truths . make people fear what they do not know .. Shame on the Recorder for letting one side frame the conversation.. This is not balanced reporting... ...(full comment)
That is not the issue...Fear mongering and vilifying... demonize the other side .. and deal in half truths . make people fear what they do not know .. Shame on the recorder for letting one side frame the conversation.. ...(full comment)
I grew up loving bookstores and libraries. I remember spending hundreds of hours at the Harvard Coop in my childhood and our own town library. So I'm sorry to see bookstores go.
But as a business owner, I understand it's impossible to compete with instant delivery. If I can buy a book online and have it delivered to my hand-held device seconds after purchase, that only leaves the experience of shopping missing. And there are two whole generations of young people that grew up without that experience. I suspect I am among the last of my generation that cares about the smell of old books, the feel of holding them in my hands, and the sounds of people quietly whispering...it was what passed for a religious experience for me. Now it's almost completely gone. ...(full comment)
Kinder Morgan only cares about the 18 quadrillion dollars they plan to make shipping gas in their newly purchased tankers from Pieridae in Nova Scotia. Based on this late stage document dump, the TBDs that riddle every page (they don't know how many people this will affect) and the stuck green light its fairly clear that FERC is a complete shill: deliberate regulation capture. FERC is not functioning as any sort of regulatory agency: in fact it is only a name for a private agency that serves the interests of oil and gas. The lies and platitudes about "fair and transparent" process are exactly what the U.S. used to decry in other nations: oppressive regimes: campaigns of misinformation: a dystopian shill for theft and abuse. ...(full comment)
I'm glad that Northfield is getting more options for venues nowadays. In the past I've known a few wedding parties that have had to go outside of the city to find the right accommodations. Hopefully people will be able to stay local now that this banquet hall is opening. http://www.royalcliffineagan.com/Royal-Cliff/ ...(full comment)