This project was approved with the understanding that the transmission lines would be buried BECAUSE of the proximity of houses in the area. There is not ONE single property owner Left or Right who can tell me they'd want these kinds of lines installed along their property line in close proximity to their house. This is hardly a NIMBY issue. As for home values ... OF COURSE proximity to high voltage transmission lines will affect home values. That's a no brainer. Everything else is spin. This should NOT be approved without significant adjustment to transmission line routes to protect existing property owners.
MadAsHell wrote, "I started with outdoor lighting because it's on every night, all night long. "
You know you could save even more energy AND reduce light pollution by NOT keeping your outdoor lights "on every night, all night long." If you need security lights, consider motion sensing lights. Kudos for installing LEDs though.
As for wind and solar ... Renewables are the future, and entirely worth this nation's investment - just like the Internet, GPS, satellite technology and the federal highway system were, and next generation antibiotic research is. Where we go wrong is in not asking these companies to share in their patents in exchange for funding. But that's more of a GOP issue than anything.
The only thing green about this project is the money that will change hands including the subsidies and tax write offs for Next Era. David Gil in action: A real song and dance man that should consider starting his own show called Dancing with David.
Subsidizing wind and solar is a bottomless pit. We've spend trillions on these alternatives and they're costing more than they're saving. After looking at a number of wind speed charts, it's important to add that the ridge South of Calhan is not an optimum location for a wind farm. The Eastern edge of Colorado is much windier.
Boring but true: Energy efficiency matters a lot. It's the ultimate untapped renewable energy resource. You can start by typing in Outdoor LED lighting on that big auction site (E-something). Light emitting diodes are wonderfully efficient. I started with outdoor lighting because it's on every night, all night long. Efficient indoor lighting, appliances, your furnace and insulation all come into the picture.
Maybe the reporter could have given an estimate of the annual property taxes that will be paid to the county by the project, the monthly payout to landowners for each windmill and the use taxes that will go to the county from the construction of the project. All that needs to be considered. Then there is the coal that won't be burned and won't poison people.
I live over 100 miles from Colorado Springs, down south in Las Animas County. My wife and I travel to Colorado Springs often; we love the shopping, we love the museums, we love the galleries, we love the colleges, we love the not-too-big city atmosphere, and we love the people. We almost always experience great "customer service." Colorado Springs really has a lot going it.
But Colorado Springs is vulnerable; way too dependent on the federal government. With all that the city has to offer it's really unwise to entrust the survival of the city to the ups and downs of the federal budget.
If Colorado Springs ends one of the many losers in this tussle with 29 other military dependent communities, that may not be so bad. It may be the much-needed opportunity to end federal dependency and to build a more diverse economy upon all of the many assets.
If you had a half a brain cell, you would know that the blackened area on the Google Street View is NOT the mark left by the bomb. There are two separate marks. The new marks cannot be seen in the Google Street View and are to the right of the old marks.
I guess it doesn't matter to some folks that there were eye witnesses to this incident.
The Gazette reports: "Since the incident, about a half dozen people have questioned The Gazette as to whether the blast occurred because a picture on Google Maps from September shows a dark stain on the northeast wall of the building near where the device exploded. The darkest part of the mark, which can be seen in the Google Maps image taken before the blast, is separated by inches from the mark caused by the Jan. 6 explosion. The two stains do not have the same shape or coloration, and the FBI has stated that the wall has "minimal surface charring."
Read more at http://gazette.com/few-details-emerge-in-n…
The "blackened area" was already black in a four month old photo. The so-called "bomb damage" is a straight up hoax!
See for yourself. Look at the building on Google Maps Street View.
I'd be all for repaving some major streets on the east side of town, but I won't be voting for anything related to downtown or parks.
TABOR is trash. All this agony over two stinking dollars. Good grief. No wonder the business world laughs at us as they put new jobs in Boulder, DTC, etc.
teabaggers + refund question = get ready to send out those $2.03 checks. baggers can buy two hoof burgers with that much money... woohoo.
It was vital the goat issue be resolved.
Transparency would be nice.
Called Doug's office this morning to find out if he is still a conservative. The answer I got is that he is not. He is not making any statement on what his position is. Won't say if he is supporting Boehner. His people don't know what a is? I'ce been with him for over 25 years but it is time to get off his train.
Good point, but sometimes Clara, it's not about forwarding the debate. :-)
Sometimes it's just about venting.
Plus I'm don't think anyone is debating Lamborn's assholish-ness any longer. That's well accepted fact based on empirical evidence.
Mr. Berful, you have not moved into the Springs yet and you're complaining already! You ought to fit right in.
I am moving to Colorado Springs and looking for an informative news outlet for more information on the area. This seems like a biased High School news crew trying unsuccessfully to sling mud at somebody. Grow up people.
Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party rose to power by burning the Reichstag (the German parliament) and blaming it on the opposition parties. The innocuous remarks of the Democratic Party chairwoman hardly rise to that level. Right-wing extremists think they are being very clever, and lending weight to their specious nonsense, when they conflate such trivia with Nazism. In reality, they merely vitiate the memory of the Nazis and their atrocities.
Reichstagging is a common tactic of the democrat progressive movement. Here is an example:
This is the truth
(Denver Post) 08-26-09 - One of two people suspected of shattering 11 windows Tuesday morning at the state Democratic Party headquarters has an arrest record and a history of helping a Democratic political candidate, public records show.
Police said that about 2:20 a.m., 24-year-old Maurice Schwenkler, now in custody, and an at-large accomplice took a hammer to the picture windows displaying posters touting President Barack Obama and his health care reform efforts.
This is the democrat propaganda
(THINK PROGRESS Dot ORG) 08-25-09 - A “vandalism spree” hit the Colorado Democratic Party headquarters in Denver today, where the “vandal allegedly used a hammer to smash” 11 windows. Party Chairwoman Pat Waak attributed the violence to the intensity surrounding the health care debate, saying, “Clearly there’s been an effort on the other side to stir up hate. I think this is the consequence of it.” Waak estimated the damage at approximately $11,000.
Shocking that Lamborn pays someone he trusts, his wife, to handle the books. You know, pay bills and handle 1/2 million dollars. Should just hire some clown off the street, maybe this reporter. Also shocking he reimburses himself for mileage. This article was a waste of ink as the reporter is a waste of flesh.
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