Saturday, April 21, 2018

Tomorrow 04/22/2018 is Earth Day

On Earth Day 2018,
Americans need to defend their planet
like its 1970

Trump and his minions

A tractor drives through a giant pile of plastic bottles at the San Francisco Recycling Center April 22, 2008, in San Francisco, Calif.
(Photo: Justin Sullivan, Getty Images)
are rolling back hard-fought environmental regulations
as fast as they can.
We're not ready to defend our planet this time.

Are we ready?
 Some 48 years ago we were. 
April 22, 1970, was about to happen. 
It would be the first Earth Day, proposed by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, Democrat of Wisconsin.

The estimate by observers was that 20 million people had turned out on the big day. 
It was a celebration of the priceless value of the Earth to its inhabitants. 

One particular aspect of that first environmental day
was that the entire Congress adjourned and traveled to home states and districts to hear what constituents in towns and cities — the entire country — had to say. 
With one voice, the peaceful grassroots protesters said to the Congress,
“Do something!” 
Over the next several years, Congress
“did something.”

Saturday, April 7, 2018

“It really comes down to three things:

Climate change a risk to national security, retired Navy officer says in visit to Appleton

Chris Mueller, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Published 4:18 p.m. CT April 6, 2018

"The climate isn’t saying, “How can I set out to screw the United States.” It doesn’t. I tell people: the ice just melts."

APPLETON - David Titley tries his best to simplify climate change.

“It really comes down to three things: It’s people. It’s water. It’s change,” said Titley, a retired rear admiral for the U.S. Navy and professor at Penn State.

Titley, a native of Schenectady, New York, has become a climate change expert who tries to approach the issue with a concern for national security and the consequences of inaction.

“It’s about us. You and me,” he said. “It’s about people in our towns.”

Titley is speaking at a statewide conference for the Citizens' Climate Lobby on Saturday in Stevens Point. He sat down for an interview Friday with USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. His answers have been edited for length and clarity.

How do you think your experience in the military shaped the way you look at climate change?

If the environment is different tomorrow, or the day after tomorrow, than it is today, we better account for that. If we don’t and our adversary does, we’re putting our young men and women at a disadvantage. I have yet to meet anybody who wants to do that.

Is climate change a threat to national security?

USA Today

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Do you plan to conquer your honey-do list

Energy EfficiencyThe Centsible Weekend DIY

Do you plan to conquer your honey-do list this weekend? Add these inexpensive, DIY tasks to save energy and reduce your monthly electric bill. Now that’s centsible.

  1. Seal doors and windows: Remove old, cracked caulking from windows, and apply new caulking around the joints and frame. Replacing worn weather-stripping around exterior doors keeps cool air in, and hot air out.
  2. Reduce phantom loads: TVs, DVRs, cable boxes and home computers use power when turned “off.” reports phantom load can cost an average household up to $100 a year. What to do? Use power strips with multiple plug-ins, and turn them off when electronics aren’t in use.
  3. Stop the leaks: Repair leaky faucets and fixtures that are not only wasting water, but causing your well and, if the leaking water is hot, your water heater to cycle on more often.
  4. Build an outdoor clothesline: On average, a clothes dryer costs $.40 to dry one load of laundry. Skip the dryer and air-dry one load of laundry a day, and save almost $150 a year.
  5. Vacuum refrigerator coils: Once a year, vacuum away dirt and dust collected on your refrigerator coils to keep it running efficiently. Coils are located on the bottom or back of the appliance, and don’t forget to always unplug the refrigerator before servicing.

For more centsible energy saving ideas,


SECO Energy’s mission statement and purpose is

SECO News, November 2017 
November 01, 2017
Category: SECO News
 Duncan’s Digest Greener Grid – More Megawatts

SECO Energy’s mission statement and purpose is “To provide exceptional service to our members, co workers and communities.” The very foundation of that mission requires developing long-range energy supply plans for the future. Looking ahead, not-for-profit utilities like SECO Energy must adapt to the changing landscape of energy production, while being prepared to deliver safe, reliable, low-cost power to current and future members.

In late September while many of us were still reeling from Hurricane Irma, SECO’s wholesale provider, Seminole Electric Cooperative, announced a five-year plan to build a new natural gas-fired generating plant at its current Seminole Generating Station (SGS) facility in Palatka. The plan includes Seminole’s intention to shutter one of its two coal-fired generating units at the SGS site and enter into agreements to purchase power from other facilities that use solar and natural gas resources.

A key element of Seminole’s new long-term plan is increasing the diversity of fuel sources in its energy portfolio and generating mix. The decision is supported by continued natural gas market stability and historically low prices. Seminole is adjusting to the market by shifting its fuel mix to increase natural gas-fired power generation. This portfolio shift allows Seminole to meet the demand for more megawatts and provide safe, reliable, affordable power to its members while investing in a greener grid.

Seminole has invested over $530 million in environmental controls at its SGS facility, making it one of the cleanest coal plants in the United States. Clean-burning coal is a reliable and affordable means to produce energy, and portions of Seminole’s coal-burning generating plant will remain in use. When the presidency changes hands every four or eight years, the nation faces the possibility of new, costly regulations and policy changes aimed directly at reducing America’s dependency on coal. Additional policies and regulations usher in new expenses that risk increased energy rates and higher bills for members. Reducing coal use, however, reduces carbon emissions.

Similar to a financial portfolio with its mix of stocks and funds, Seminole’s expansion of fuel sources minimizes future risk and offers stability to its member-owners, including SECO. As your local not-for-profit electric cooperative with an expanding member base, we must embrace forward thinking ways to meet demand. Under Seminole’s new long-term plan, SECO can ensure an adequate supply of quality, reliable, affordable power is available to meet the current and future needs of our growing area.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Two year old with two employees to rebuild power Grid?

Trump taps Montana congressman

Ryan Zinke as interior secretary

December 13, 2016

Whitefish Company of Montana
Rebuild Puerto Rico Power Grid?
What is so
about this?

The Secretary of the Department of the Interior
is also
from Montana 

Republican Rep. Ryan Zinke!

Two-year-old company

brokered $300 million contract

with island’s electric utility?

Where did this company get the capital to do this job?
Trump taps Montana congressman Ryan Zinke as interior secretary
December 13, 2016
Why did Trump appoint Zinka
even before he was elected?
As a member of Congress, Zinke
supported the use of ground troops in the Middle East
to combat ISIL 
the transfer of federal lands to individual states.