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Is SB207 A Tax Increase?

Americans for Prosperity sent an e-mail wondering if we citizens viewed SB 207 as a Tax Increase.

AFP SB 207 Request - 20120206

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The Bill Summary reads as follows:

SB 207 – Currently, gas corporations may file a petition with the Public Service Commission for rate adjustments to recover costs incurred for infrastructure replacement projects. This act allows electrical corporations to follow a similar precess to recover costs for infrastructure replacement projects. The types of costs that can be recovered include certain work on electric plants, certain capital projects undertaken to comply with environmental or safety regulations, and costs of facilities relocation due to public works projects.  This act requires the Public Service Commission to track the differences between certain capitalized and non-capitalized labor costs of electric corporations. Electric corporations may record these labor costs as regulatory assets or liabilities and amortize them over a period of three years for consideration in rate proceedings. In subsequent rate proceedings, unamortized balances of such regulatory assets or liabilities shall be amortized over three years.

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One of our CCTP members, David Epps, provided the great response below:

Yes I consider this bill as a tax increase!

Basically, the bill is asking Missourians to pay for federal unfunded mandates specifically , quoted from the bill “generating plants and their components, and cyber-security, customer service, and smart grid investments”.

New Generating plants to meet federal EPA carbon emissions (AKA global warming remediation) and smart grid are a totally unnecessary means to reduce power consumption and stress on the electrical distribution grid… …AND… …how is Customer Service a capital expense anyway?

This is just another of the means the environmentalists have come up with to pay for their boondoggles and is as stupid as feed in tarriffs where everybody subsidizes those few that choose to install electric solar cells on their homes and/or businesses. You have got to ask yourself why after all these years of the existence of the PSC changes are needed now.

All of this is lunacy. We have natural gas sufficient to power our automobiles and using ground source heat pumps we can significantly reduce electrical consumption. The elecric cooporatives have for years offered rebates for the installation of ground source heat pumps as a less expensive alternative to stringing more wires. Switching to natural gas for automobiles would reduce carbon emissions more than replacing every generating plant in the country at a 10th of the cost.

And we did all this before between 1980 and 1983: The graph clearly shows what occurred to cause the reduction of oil imports. It was the mass conversion of fuel oil furnaces to natural gas furnaces and the conversion of gasoline vehicles to propane. Both Energy sources were Made in the USA.then and still is to this day.

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The US NG/PROPANE/E85 Vehicle and GSHP Energy Policy and Economic Recovery Plan

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  1. Low cost NG/E85/PROPANE conversions for existing 244M US fleet of cars, NOW!
  2. Replacing old, worn out, inefficient home and business NG/PROPANE furnaces with 450% efficient electric GSHP NOW!
  3. Replacing old, worn out, inefficient home and business resistive electric furnaces with 450% efficient electric GSHP NOW!
  4. GSHP in the summer reduce electrical consumption by 50% over a 8 SEER air conditioner and thus NG/PROPANE electrical consumption is reduced.
  5. GSHP in the winter reduce electrical consumption by 75% over a electric resistive heater and thus NG electrical consumption is reduced.
  6. GSHP in the winter eliminates NG/PROPANE consumption by 100% but winter electrical consumption is increased slightly.
  7. NG in todays market is cheaper than imported oil and GSHP reduces electrical consumption.
  8. GSHP ground loops have useful life of 40 years and
  9. NGV CO2 is reduced by 25% over gasoline
  10. CO2 is reduced proportionally to electrical consumption reductions using GSHP’s and renewable geothermal energy

Eliminating NG/PROPANE for home heat and reducing NG produced electricity consumption we can put it in our cars and will have little effect on the other uses for natural gas and actually there is some left over for growth in those industries and agriculture (assumes current consumption and supply) GSHP harvest renewable geothermal energy.

This all can be accomplished by

  1. local mechanics,
  2. local geothermal GSHP installers,
  3. local ground loop drillers and trenchers.
  4. US industry, as 95% of the components for NG conversions and GSHP’s and ground loop pipe are made in the USA
  5. Putting money in the pockets of We the People with local jobs and much lower family energy costs.

Eliminate one EPA regulation: the certification of natural gas vehicle (NGV) retrofit kits.A conversion kit MLO is $2500 but with the EPA certification it costs $15,000 and there would be no need for new power plants or smart grid.

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Thanks David!

Gun Control Is About Control; Not Guns

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1. “Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.”~Thomas Jefferson

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2. “Those who trade liberty for security have neither.” ~ John Adams

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3. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.

4. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.

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5. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.

6. Gun control is not about guns; it’s about control.

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7. You only have the rights you are willing to fight for.

8. Know guns, know peace, know safety.
No guns, no peace, no safety.

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9. You don’t shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.

10. Assault is a behavior, not a device.

11. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.

12. The United States Constitution (c) 1791. All Rights Reserved.

13. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.

14. What part of ‘shall not be infringed’ do you NOT understand?

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15. Guns have only two enemies; rust and politicians.

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16. When you remove the people’s right to bear arms, you create slaves.

17. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.

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Missouri Right To Work

I attempted to attend the Right To Work hearing in Jefferson City today.  The room was overflowing, so instead, I visited with various legislators and friends throughout the building.  As I drove back to St. Louis, lots of questions were swirling in my head.  Here they are.  Read them imagining they’re being asked with all possible condescension and loathing by David Spade’s character ‘Richard’ in the movie ‘Tommy Boy’:

If unions are so great and provide such a benefit to the companies and the state at large… …why do they need a law to force employees to join the union?

Shouldn’t the employees ‘want’ to join the union?

Why do unions think that employees will leave them when the Missouri voters free the employee to make their own decision? I thought unions were so great? Shouldn’t employees still ‘want’ to stay with the unions since they are so great?

If unions are so great, why do they need to have prevailing wage laws to be able to compete for state contracts? Shouldn’t union labor costs be lower because they are so great and competitive?

Don’t the union bosses believe in the freedom of the employee to make up their own mind in deciding to join the union based on the benefits that the union can offer them? Shouldn’t the employee be allowed the freedom to choose?

And since unions are so great, the employees will certainly choose to join them, right?!?! So, there’s nothing for the union bosses to worry about and this is much ado about nothing.

I’m sure the bosses at the unions are mostly pro-choice in killing babies.  Shouldn’t they also be pro-choice in joining the union as well?

Or, did we find another prime example of hypocrisy in the Democratic ranks.

h/t laborunionreport.com

In My Opinion

IN MY OPINION (By Tom Young)

“A few concerns of this Senior Citizen”

Born at the beginning of World War II, I remember how great this country USED to be.   But even then, we were already on the downward slope to the demise of our country.   The progressives had already infiltrated our higher institutions of learning, in particular, our law schools.  They began teaching our young would-be attorneys that, because times have changed (meaning more modern), they (we) should start looking to what more current decisions had been made by previous, again more recent, jurists concerning law.  This seemed to them to be necessary to dismantle our archaic rule of law known as the Constitution.  They knew they could not just out-and-out assault the foundation of our country, but by using “precedent”, aka the law of man, they could gradually overcome the rule of law used in the founding of our country and incorporated into our founding documents.  THAT rule of law was, still is and always will be “The Law of Nature and of Nature’s God”.

That was only the beginning.  Since then, those Americans who have been sold and have bought into this “bill of goods” have been tearing down all of the religious and moral foundations we have ever known.  Those beliefs that allowed our forefathers to build the best and strongest nation the world had ever seen had to be destroyed.  After all, Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness could never be achieved by everyone, if those ambitious, hardworking successful individuals were going to keep all that money and private property they had acquired, all to themselves.   There wouldn’t be anything left for the rest of us, would there?

So, things had to change.  Capitalism, private property (the ability to acquire for one’s self) and self-determination, along with our religious and moral beliefs, stood in the way of equality.  So that word “equality” became one of the first of many buzzwords of the Progressives.  And by buzzword, I mean a word that sounds good, feels good – a word that can, when used in a Progressive’s dialect, be used to dupe the unsuspecting individual.  Many Americans, including myself, have been duped by the Progressives.   At this point I would like to inject what a “Progressive” is for those who may not know.  ‘Progressive’ is a nice sounding name (buzzword) that people who believe government can do a better job of running your life than you can use to describe themselves.  They are also known, to varying degrees, as socialist, communist or Marxist.

To those who read these words, I have no doubt upset a good many of you.  TOO BAD!  These are truths as I see them.  But who am I?  Just an old man who has lived in some of the better days of our country and is greatly saddened by what I see happening today – especially saddened for our young people.  May we once again, pray for the Divine guidance of Providence to restore our Country.

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Young,  Jackson, Missouri