The argument that renewable energy is not cost effective is out dated. Many governments (eg. Minnesota) and municipalities have recently determined the cost of solar and wind to be less than fossil fuels. Yes, coal is cheap if you don't take into account the environmental impact or the actual injury to our health. When you pass it down stream as coal ash (Duke Energy) or it drifts out over the ocean from China to become the mercury in the fish we eat, or it take years to manifest itself as lung cancer, then it's not included in the costs. We are all smarter than that!
Colorado Springs Utilities has one of the most unsustainable renewable energy policies of any utility in the state. CSU requires any renewable energy power produced to first be applied to the grid and then requires the end user to buy back electric power from them at a retail rate. This policy is a deliberate attempt to discourage consumers from investing in renewable energy and to maintain control of electric power generation in this region. This policy is not an issue for CSU now because they can handle the modest electric load our shrinking economic community presents. If and when the time comes that economic growth expands the load beyond their capacity to handle CSU will be screaming for the contribution of renewable energy generators.
We could also lower utility bills if we were not paying that used car salesman a half million dollars a year to sit at his desk and shop on eBay for those gangster outfits he wears to city council meeting to scare Jan Martin into fronting his high salary.
Colorado Springs Utilities is actually fairly aggressive on conservation. As part of our 2020 Energy Vision, we have a goal to help our customer base reduce its electric use by 10 percent by 2020. We offer many rebate programs for both business and residential customers to help them pay for efficiency upgrades. See details here:
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It's unfortunate that the article makes it look like Colorado Springs Utilities is a barrier to more renewables. As a matter of fact, Springs Utilities has a voluntary goal of providing 20% of the community's power from renewable energy sources by 2020. To achieve that goal, we offer several ways for customers like Colorado College to increase their renewable energy:
-- We provide rebates for rooftop solar projects
-- Colorado Springs is a national leader in facilitating community solar gardens, which allow customers to buy large chunks of solar for their facilities. As an example, the city of Manitou Springs recently announced that they will be buying enough solar panels from a local solar garden to power their municipal buildings.
-- Portions of our property near the Nixon Power Plant south of town are specifically designated for renewable energy projects. We are seeking partnerships with local businesses to develop solar arrays.
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The best direction is a program based heavily and agressively on conservation, conservation, and conservation! CSU does much less on conservation than does say investor owned Excel.
"Feldman and the others want the city to close the downtown coal-fired Drake Power Plant..."
This is clearly someone who doesn't pay his own utility bill.
Solar and Wind-powered energy are terrific additions to the utility infrastructure, but we simply cannot strap ratepayers with the costs needed to power the entire energy grid with them.
The HSUS is not your local animal shelter. The HSUS has been hijacked by radical animal rights activist. It is an over 150 million dollar corporation that spends almost every dime it gets on obscene salaries and filing lawsuits. It raises money by showing ads of cute dogs and cats, but it spends less then 1 cent on the dollar to feed and shelter cats and dogs. The HSUS is being investigated for fraud and it was convicted of racketeering in Florida. More and more members of congress are questioning the tax free status of the HSUS because of its political activities. The HSUS IS AGAINST RODEO AND WESTERN TRADITIONS. IT IS FOR A VEGETERIAN LIFE STYLE AND AGAINST EATING MEAT. The HSUS says it spends 79% of its money for animal welfare programs, but it does not say what they are. The HSUS has been accused of paying employees to abuse animals and videoing the abuse as proof that meat production should be stopped. The HSUS uses some of its money to change our eating habits and standard of living by working to outlaw farming methods which are used on family farms. The HSUS is bad for America so don't applaud its lackeys. If you want to support something think about giving to the child fund, St. Jude, the Wounded Warriors, or you local food bank. If you want to help animals, give money to you local animal shelter. Giving money to the HSUS is throwing money away on a bloated bureaucracy that waste it on salaries and litigation. It claims to do good but if you really look at what it does, it only piggybacks on the work of local organizations.
Don Addy isn't a veteran but Hybl and Tutt have still handed him positions with organizations connected to the military like National Homeland Defense Foundation and Thirty Group. Bill Hybl, Mayor Bach and Don Addy have all shared the same employee, Jason Lippert paying dollars to move him around the 3 organizations. National Homeland Defense Foundation was awarded money from the City's 2013 budget. Why isnt there a huge flag that Addy is the creator of a firm called Champions Plaza consulting and getting paid by the City more money than some families make in a year? Addy is a snake. If he is part of a deal then the deal is dirty. This City continues to turn a blind eye to the corruption, money paid out, and dirty dealings.
Live and let live people!
If your neighbor wants to have goats, let them! for goodness sake!
The experience we are having on our little backyard farm, right in the middle of 80920 is fantastic!!!
You should see our kids bringing their friends over to see goats in their playground; pet the bunnies; learn about honey bees; or chase the chickens! It's a real hoot!
People are always looking over our fence and checking things out ---- and never, not one single complaint! People are usually curious and amused, and often go home with some very freshly laid eggs!
Our goats are the sweetest animals! Their precious little goat berries go straight into our gardens for the best fertilizer ever! (can't say that about our dog's poop, can you?)
If you ever happen to pass by, you may even hear them - but, they are nothing like a barking dog - it's a sweet gentle "call", not a loud obnoxious "bark"....
Goats may not be for everyone (ahem),,,,,but that's okay - we are not talking about mandatory caprine ownership here. People are still free to buy their doctored up milks in the supermarkets. Some of us would just simply like the freedom to provide fresh, wholesome food to our families.
So give the goat people a break! Stop judging! Be nice!
Peace out folks!
I'm trying to find a contact email address for each of the candidates (all of them). Or their campaign managers, either way. Can anyone supply that for me?
So right now if you are homeless you don't have a backyard to garden, a kitchen to wash vegetables in, a stove to cook on, or a pot to piss in...so this helps how?
And did the couple reducing dependence on food stamps reduce their food stamps during those months or spend the benefits on something else.
I've been there! It's beautiful! The Pinery is so romantic, I really want to get married there. My dad knows Mitch, maybe I'll get a discount.
Maybe Councilor Collins should address the residents of her district about preventing crime themselves. They should take some responsibility and be active citizens in the safety of their own community. The police can't be everywhere.
We used to have these kinds of farms in this country. They were called "poor farms" -- Park and Rec offices now sit on the site of El Paso County's. Social Security was meant to keep people from that fate.
Everything old is new again.
One day, we hope to establish a sustainable farm where homeless and mentally ill people can live, work in the fresh air and get help. Let's call it "Sunrise Farm." The start will be (as described in this story) a "Sunrise Garden" project in Dorchester. If you'd like to help out financially or with time or expertise, email the Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Then she adds, "That's my problem with new taxes — promises are always made and they're never kept."
The lack of funding for the CSPD has meant the end to a number of programs that are meant to curb violence before it can occur.
If Collins is serious about alleviating crime in her district, she needs to work with the police to put in place programs that help keep children away from crime. And those programs take money.
There are no simple or easy answers as to WHY the problem exists but there are many circumstances that come into play.
Some problems are derived from larger problems in the general national situation.
- Density is a way to provide low cost housing to low-wage earners (Wal-Mart Syndrome).
- Of itself, density isn't a problem; it's the quality of the people living there.
- The low quality of some of the people there is a function of many things, like poor education, or growing up in poverty with parents who were not equipped to be good parents.
- Fewer good jobs in the USA as many jobs are off-shored by Wall St and corporate greed.
- Rampant sale of illegal drugs to support oneself since good jobs are harder to find.
- A failed war on drugs that criminalizes MJ users / dealers who resort to violence.
- Rampant use of alcohol and drugs.
- Not enough police or community support due to both a state and a local TABOR.
There are more issues at play, but I've tried to list some of the issues. The term "failure chain" comes to mind as there is often a cascading effect where a failure to be educated leads to a person failing in the job market that leads them to turn to crime, etc.
"It now takes 40 minutes to drive from one side of the city to the other." -- CSIndyReader
The city police force is divided into different geographic districts. This means a police officer does not have to drive across the city to get to a call. Sand Creek officers respond to Sand Creek calls and Gold Hill officers respond to Gold Hill calls. Besides, police have these things called lights and sirens which allow them to legally run lights and drive faster than the speed limit.
" It now takes 40 minutes to drive from one side of the city to the other." -- Posted by CSIndyReader on 04/09/2014 at 9:04 AM
Since the city police forces are divided into geographic districts, no officer would have to drive across the city to respond, unless it was a very large incident. Officers in the Sand Creek Division only work on Sand Creek area cases, officers in the Gold Hill Division handle Gold Hill cases.
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