4 Billion dollars to be paid for by all electricity rate payers. It started off as 2.5 Billion dollars a few months back. Massachusetts was initially supposed to get 54 Million dollars in tax revenue for this, now its down to 24 Million, but only when the pipeline is first built.
The story that isn't getting out is that the Black and Veach study (and they are largely a gas investment interest) determined a current need of .6bcf . . . while this pipeline proposed is 2.5 bcf.
There was NO follow up to the "low impact study" and instead this mammoth, overbuilt project, to be paid for by us, is proposed: to bring gas to proposed LNG terminals in Nova Scotia.
Market changes are needed not a pipeline: a few purchases on the spot market are being used by gas investment interests to gin up a so-called "crisis", and gas investments have both the media dollars and political tentacles to try to do this. (And don't forget 1.5 billion dollars that ratepayers are bilked due to leaking pipelines: recent legislation says they have 30 YEARS to fix existing leaks . . . think that will happen any time soon?)
Does anyone recall that we are still paying for The Big Dig to the tune of 22 billion dollars? That we won't be done paying for until 2038? Well, here we go again.
Baker is running for Governor. He "helped" with investors for the Big Dig . . . which started off at 2.5 billion . . . whoa, and look how that load on our backs mushroomed. Now here comes another big fat infrastructure project that we'll have to pay for.
A study by the league of women voters in NY speaks of "recoverable gas". If most of this gas is taken for export, the Marcellus could be exhausted in as little as seven years.
This pipeline plan is ludicrous, and clearly intended to benefit the .01% with yet another big wealth transfer.
That extra charge on every electricity bill is already growing: that means less money to local businesses and households. ...(full comment)
As a rather contented resident of the Weldon, with no particular ax to grind, I would like to point out several errors in the reporting of this story. The work will begin in late August...the height of the summer heat. While the might be only 2 wheelchair dependent, on the upper floors (where I live), quite a large number use wheeled walkers, lift walkers, canes and other mobility aids. There are also other reasons many tenants will be terribly limited by this necessary procedure.
Not all disabilities that are visible or use supportive mobility aids cause walking many flights of stairs harmful, if not impossible. Additionally, I don't recall anyone mentioning go to live elsewhere for the duration, although this was proposed. The offering to have one...just one person, between business hours, will not be sufficient to assist over a hundred frail, elderly or otherwise disabled tenants
I am a retired vocational rehabilitation professional, and I knew these things. ...(full comment)
Mr. Fiske, I was thinking the same thing !! where is all that extra money going? Why is it going to offset the state's pension fund? Seems the citizens of Ma. should be questioning this.. ...(full comment)
While I share your frustration with the continuing deteriorating situation in the Middle East, please recall that the US withdraw from Iraq was the result of the Status of Forces Agreement signed by the Bush administration. Obama became president after that agreement was signed. The current sectarian stiff we are witnessing is rooted in centuries old tribal and ethnic differences. There's very little the US can do to change that. In my opinion, it was the Bush administration's ill advised invasion that created the current hornet's nest. ...(full comment)
I would like to see elephants protected. I would like to see severe penalties for harming them in any way. African Elephants have been living and dying for at least 3.5 million years. Left unmolested, they live about 70 years on average. Habitat loss is the single biggest threat to their continued existence.
Elephant ivory is being smashed and incinerated all over the world these days. Some genius decided that that would dissuade poachers from killing elephants. Why wouldn't the recovered, poached ivory be sold at auction and the proceeds be used to pay people to protect the living elephants?
When ivory and objects which have been artfully carved from ivory, or inlaid with ivory are burned or smashed, the Elephants which grew them are not restored to life. No one is protected by that additional destruction. The effect is simply the diminution of the supply of ivory which is not attached to living elephants. I am willing to entertain the idea that this policy is based on good intentions, but It seems clear to me that it is, in fact, counter-productive. I suspect that there are those behind the current campaign to destroy the stockpiles who may have ulterior motives. If it was designed to lead to the extinction of elephants in the wild, it seems likely to succeed.
Having read the documents posted: and I encourage everyone to do so: there is a distressing emphasis on shareholder ROI, and no discussion of the impacts of these decisions on ratepayers, other than as an obstacle to be gotten around.
It is extremely concerning that gas investment lawyers are being used to strategize on how to overcome existing policies and standards, and perhaps even laws. With much reassurance from the gas investment entities that "these won't be a problem". Actually, its heartbreaking. "The court of public opinion" they so fear is the rule of law, the role of government and appointed leaders, and the public's expectations of integrity and representation. Apparently, this is an inconvenient hurdle to massive profits and citizen concerns, ratepayer concerns, are just something to be gotten around.
This is a betrayal of the whole notion of "for the people" and its clear that "the peasantry" is viewed as inconvenient to the plans of state government collusion with private investor interests.
These documents make it clear that our state leadership view citizens, laws, and protections as "inconvenient
Dr. den Ouden has shown a bright light on our foreign policy blind spot. Democracy requires a long and difficult maturation process; it cannot be surgically implanted like a new heart into an unconscious patient. Sadly, the majority of the people of Iraq aren't ready. Given that we continue to make the same mistake, perhaps we should wonder who benefits from these disasters. ...(full comment)
PTSD can be thought of as a normal human response to abnormal and tragic human experiences. You served your country, and part of that was being put in the position of witnessing violence, tragedy, and the suffering of human beings, while fearing for your own and your friends safety. Bless you for all you did on behalf of your nation, and the profound losses that attend such service.
Safe travels, and loving wishes for healing and well-being. Hope you have a wonderful journey, and feel contained and supported in the land that you have served. May the beauty of the trail, and the simplicity of the journey restore your soul and nurture you.
And thanks to your family too. ...(full comment)