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November 22, 2005

Fulfilling expectations

  • In the "Arrgghghghggh" department... I came this close to actually praising Our Guv for supporting the proposed Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Too good to be true, as it turned out. Our Guv is siding with the power companies:

    News of the delay comes two weeks after Romney indicated his overall support for the initiative at a conference in Boston, calling it ''good business" because it would prompt Massachusetts companies to develop state-of-the-art clean-energy technology.

    Since then, power plant owners and other businesses have intensified their lobbying, urging Romney to reject the deal, which would freeze power plant emissions at their current levels and then reduce them 10 percent by 2020. The critics' chief concern has been that the deal would send energy costs higher.

    Yes, that last part might be true, but you have to look at it in the context of a total lack of leadership on the energy front from the Governor, who after all opposes viable alternatives. (Thanks to Bostonist for some links and good commentary.)
  • Speaking of viable alternatives ... a friend who was at a recent event in Arlington with Deval Patrick and the three declared Lieutenant Governor candidates says that with regard to our energy needs, "None of them mentioned conservation. It's the 800-pound gorilla."

    To the candidates: It's OK ...  we can handle it, you know.
  • And speaking of conservation, at commenter stomv's advice I went out and got a new badass, 7-day programmable $40 thermostat for the crib this past weekend. Aside from some mild confusion about wires, and some concern about the mercury-filled old thermostat (kids, do not drink this at home), it went pretty smoothly, and now the heat is nice and modulated, and pretty much doesn't come on uselessly in the middle of the night. I expect it'll pay for itself this winter.
  • This is like musical chairs, but the West Medford and Union Square Green Line extensions are still on the table. Folks in JP are unhappy that the Arborway trolley got axed, as was the Red-Blue line connector. And there's still no news on making the other end of the Green Line, or the middle, suck less.

Posted by Charley on the MTA at 05:30 PM in Massachusetts | Permalink

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My day has just been made. Thanks [b]Charley[/b].

Posted by: stomv | Nov 23, 2005 6:32:30 AM

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