Deregulation was not the issue in Texas
I used to be appalled by Catherine Rampel’s Washington Submit column in regards to the Texas blackouts. Ms. Rampel insinuates a number of deaths in Texas have been resulting from deregulation. That is nonsense.
In actuality there are greater than considerable federal laws regarding the operation of the grid; in truth there are worldwide agreements in place. By now your have most likely heard of the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Have you ever ever heard about NERC? This stands for North American Electrical Reliability Company. Sure, the grid as we all know it goes from the Mexican border, although Texas and much into Canada. My brother who lives in Alaska will get his electrical energy from British Columbia. Everybody has to abide by the identical guidelines.
The same energy emergency occurred final August in super-regulated California. Solely as a substitute of a chilly snap it was a warmth wave. California noticed an elevated demand for electrical energy to run air con lengthy after the sundown due to excessive temperatures. There was not sufficient photo voltaic or wind energy accessible at the moment of day, so in consequence rolling blackouts started there. The governor was so determined, he even known as upon the U.S. Navy for assist.
Thankfully, assist did come from federal companies together with the Western Space Energy Administration. WAPA was in a position to transmit roughly 5,400 megawatt-hours of energy from its fleet of hydroelectric dams throughout the West. WAPA was in a position to offset technology to satisfy buyer calls for domestically from Loveland-area initiatives. That’s why Loveland received refund cash from Platte River Energy Authority.
Deregulation was not the issue in Texas. Extra regulation shouldn’t be the answer for future issues in Texas or anyplace else on the grid. Logical, long-term planning, secure operation and upkeep are required for reliability of our electrical energy.
The Republican Celebration should change
It’s been 4 months since Joe Biden was elected, however there was Trump at CPAC claiming he actually received. With no shred of proof. After 50 tries to promote it to the courts? Isn’t it time for the Republican Celebration to check out their insurance policies to determine why they misplaced the White Home, Senate and Home for the primary time since Herbert Hoover. Trace: It wasn’t voter fraud.
Face it, the Republican Celebration is at a crossroads. They should transfer away from the divisive insurance policies of Trump and hearken to the American individuals. As a substitute they’ve determined the best way ahead is to maintain People from voting. Particularly those that voted for Biden. No less than sufficient to elect Republicans. Think about if Biden had requested a state official to “discover 11,780 votes” as Trump did in Georgia. After two recounts have been completed.
The Republican Celebration in 28 states with 100 payments is making an attempt to maintain eligible individuals from voting. To make a mockery of the Voting Rights Act. Put an finish to vote-by-mail. Voting is a proper People are born with, each bit as a lot as free speech and the fitting to bear arms.
The Republican Celebration has to resolve if it desires to be the anti-science celebration or be part of the struggle towards local weather change and COVID. That seeks help from racists or works for equality for all People? That seeks to take care of the biggest wealth disparity because the Nice Melancholy, or one which tries to make sure all People benefit from the rewards of a thriving economic system. In different phrases, turn out to be a celebration of points, not concern and hatred. One which seeks out the great in individuals, quite than the worst. One which works for all of the individuals, not just a few. Or go the best way of the Whigs.
Youth vaping query is an ethical one
The Loveland Metropolis Council remains to be contemplating what to do about flavored tobacco merchandise. As I said in a earlier letter, it is a ethical query and needs to be based mostly on what science tells us about the creating brains of our youth.
With that understanding, right here are paperwork about mind improvement that will assist:
“Throughout this maturation interval, the mind circuits are being transformed, particularly these concerned in reward operate (dopamine) and cognitive operate (acetylcholine). Subsequently, throughout which publicity to nicotine can essentially alter how the mind is wired, making younger individuals much more susceptible to future dependancy.” (https://massivesci.com/articles/smoking-vaping-risks-adolescent-brain-function-development-addiction-nicotine/)
An NPR article titled “How Vaping Nicotine Can Have an effect on A Teenage Mind” quotes Frances Leslie, a professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences on the College of California, Irvine, as saying, “It’s unlucky that a complete technology of youngsters are mainly guinea pigs for the results of nicotine within the mind.”
Leslie, in response to the article, mentioned that nicotine mimics acetylcholine, which is a vital chemical messenger within the mind. “(T)hose elements of the mind which might be actively maturing throughout adolescence are being actively managed by nicotine receptors,” she is quoted as saying.
I hope our councilors spend time studying peer reviewed articles on the subject and never listening to anecdotal arguments in regards to the affect to native companies.
The ethical query is obvious. What number of native kids are the town councilors prepared to sacrifice on this ongoing analysis mission in regards to the affect of nicotine on younger brains?
When the vote is taken, I might ask every councilor that votes to permit the sale of flavored tobacco merchandise to activate their mics, and converse on to Loveland mother and father and the members of the Youth Advisory Council. State why you don’t imagine the science and why you’re voting to place enterprise revenue over the creating brains of the kids in our group.