April 30th, 2011
Whew, leave town and look what happens…
What sticks in my craw is this — if the law were unambiguous we would not be here today in this contested case:
And it’s that paragraph 43 and 44 that is particularly obtuse, because from here it looks as though that MOES Affidavit filed, to which GWT objected and about which GWT filed Subpoena Request, which were DENIED:
Were it unambiguous, we wouldn’t be in this contested case, and she wouldn’t be going through this elaborate dance to get to “it’s unambiguous.”
If it walks like an ambiguous, if talks like an ambiguous, it’s ambiguous…
Oh, and here’s another bizarre part, claiming that there are state standards in existence for 12 years:
April 25th, 2011
Doggin’ the rich! Good idea…
And you know how everyone says, “OH, NO… CAN’T DO THAT, the rich will flee the state,” which we all know is a crock.
From the Minnesota Dept. of Revenue:
Here’s a take on that from the voice of money, the Wall Street Journal:
Anti-tax advocates contend that higher taxes on the wealthy lead to millionaire flight. They say this has been seen in Maryland, Rhode Island, New Jersey and New York. The rich are mobile, they say. They can take their money, taxes and jobs wherever they are treated best.
The study, by sociologists Cristobal Young at Stanford and Charles Varner at Princeton, studied the migration patterns of New Jersey’s millionaires before and after 2004, when the state imposed a “millionaire’s tax” that raised rates on those earning $500,000 or more to 8.97% from 6.37%.
The study found that the overall population of millionaires increased during the tax period. Some millionaires moved out, of course. But they were more than offset by the creation of new millionaires.
The study dug deeper to figure out whether the millionaires who were moving out did so because of the tax. As a control group, they used New Jersey residents who earned $200,000 to $500,000–in other words, high-earners who weren’t subject to the tax. They found that the rate of out-migration among millionaires was in line with and rate of out-migration of submillionaires. The tax rate, they concluded, had no measurable impact.
Of course, not all millionaires are the same, and some are more likely to leave than others. The study found that New Jersey millionaires over the age of 65 and who live off their investments are the most likely to leave. Among those who earned their money from investments, the tax raised migration rates by 27 people per thousand among the top 0.1% of earners.
The study also found that New Jersey millionaire-earners are an ever-changing group, with people constantly moving on and off the top rung of the income ladder. Since there is no permanent top-earning class, the occasional top earners have less incentive to leave because of the tax.
April 23rd, 2011
Clark County is headed down the wrong path… burning “biomass” in the wrong-headed notion that it’s G-R-E-E-N, with little regard for the toxic emissions that will spew from this plant, and it’s “carbon neutral” NOT! Recently, somebody from Clark County was searching for “Rockford MN biomass” and ended up on my site, which is a good thing, because then at least they might get some reality about what’s proposed.
They’re looking at a district heating project similar to the Midtown Burner (Midtown Eco-Crapper) proposed for Phillips, in Minneapolis, and thankfully it was run out of town, developers then tried for the City of Rockford, MN, and it was run out of town, and then the township of Rockford, and it’s history there too!
As with the Midtown burner, this Vancouver biomass plant is proposed for the middle of Vancouver — the worst place possible for projects like this that will spew emissions!
Spew emissions? HUH? Well DUH, and here’s Alan Muller’s presentation on the Midtown burner:
What do the Clark County biomass project promoters say?
But Candee Hatch, an air quality consultant with Lake Oswego-based Bridgewater Group who was a consultant on the study, said opposition to such a facility is likely colored by what older, dirtier biomass plants looked like.
“Technology-wise, these facilities are not like they used to be 20 years ago, and a lot of the perception about what wood-burning is comes from what we used to do,” she said. “Those facilities don’t look like that anymore.”
Oh, please… show us your emissions, Candee!!!
Here are some specifics about annual emissions from a recent similar biomass district heat project:
… and the Clark Count proposal? Here’s some info:
Here’s the fuel study, where they claim to have enough fuel:
What’s missing is specifics on emissions — come on, folks, out with it!!!
And an article from The Oregonian:
April 21st, 2011
There was a meeting at the Red Wing library Monday night about the rumored fracking sand mine south of Re d Wing, and just north of Hay Creek. By the time the meeting was underway, it was standing room only.
The article from the Red Wing Republican Beagle is down below.
Here’s a post with some details of this project to be:
Goodhue County’s Article 14 covers mining, but so far it’s been aggregate, and not silica, and it’s a different process, whole different sort of mining, so my thought is that Article 14 needs some amendments. A ordinance change application is just $500 and some work to draft language…
Here’s a map — the site is on the left, and the transfer station in Florence Twp. is on the right, a railroad spur west of Hwy 61 near Hanson’s Harbor:
More than 100 citizens filled a Red Wing Public Library meeting room to learn what they can do about preventing silica sand from being mined across 155 acres in Hay Creek Township just two miles south of Red Wing.
Windsor Permian, part of the Oklahoma-based Windsor Energy, bought the land for $2.6 million earlier this year, and although it’s unknown what the company will do with the land, many citizens fear it will be used to mine silica sand.
Windsor Permian has already drilled exploratory wells, which can be done without a permit, but the company has not turned in any kind of application to Goodhue County for a permit allowing the mining of silica sand.
“Let’s be realistic though, nobody pays $2.6 million for topsoil,” said Goodhue County Commissioner Jim Bryant, who helped answer questions from the public at the meeting. He lives in Hay Creek Township.
If an application is turned in, the county is bound by state statute to make a decision about the permit within 60 days, unless an environmental assessment worksheet is needed. An EAW will be necessary if the aggregate mining operation is expected to exceed 40 acres in size to a mean depth of 10 feet.
The public also asked if a permit is allowed with certain conditions listed, who would enforce them? For example, if an aggregate tax is required, Windsor Permian would have to report exactly how much sand it is taking out, but citizens at the meeting seemed hesitant to believe the required reporting would be enforced.
For more info on the other end of the process, what they use the sand for (fracking) and to learn about what they’re doing with proppants:
In the New York Times (very interesting to learn that instant coffee is used!!!):
And here’s how bad it’s gotten in Pennsylvania:
April 18th, 2011
Looks like Scott Neal is already trying to rein in (reign in?) the people of Edina. He’s just started as City Manager there after going to Eden Prairie after Northfield. His suggestion? Have the public comments to the City Council AFTER the meeting and OFF CAMERA and that would also be OFF THE RECORD because I doubt they’ve got a court reporter there… Scott, this is NOT a good idea, because in many ways, Edina is doing a good job of running the city, they’re a first ring suburb with little land available, and have done a good job with their Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance. What’s made that happen is the vigorous and “robust” (sorry, borrowing that from Xcel) open public debate about issues and permits. The attempt to quash that is a major gaffe. No, Scott, NO!
And Scott writes about it on his Edina blog:
The comments on his blog are off! Oh, come on now… you can have it on, and moderate!
And then there’s his suggestion that they say the Pledge of Allegiance before the meetings. As an Officer of the Court sworn to uphold the Constitution, and fighting every day for our fundamental rights, until we have “liberty and justice for all” it’s a farce…