Pharos-Tribune

January 12, 2014

PUBLIC FORUM: Letters from Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014


Pharos-Tribune

---- — Shedding lightinto the darkness

Thompson Totes Southeastern Buddy Bag program thanks the community for its’] support. Thank you to Mr. Happy Burger, Walton Christian Church, and the many staff, administration, volunteers, and patrons of the Southeastern School Corp. for the wonderful support shown for the Dec. 4 Haps Chicken Bash fundraising activity!

The Thompson Totes Southeastern Buddy Bag program currently provides 139 school children with weekend food during the school year. This program is funded by the generous donations of Cass County individuals, businesses, and churches.

The generosity of this amazing community continues as children from Galveston and Walton elementary schools are fed each weekend.

It says in the Bible: “If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.” (Isaiah 58:10).

The light is so bright in Cass County and the Southeastern School district that we just might need sunglasses!

Mary Burrous and the Thompson Totes Executive Committee

Ice puts globalwarming under fire

The phrase global warming is a topic of contention for many people. This winter has skeptics high on their soap boxes spouting phrases like, “I thought this was global warming; why is the temperature outside minus 15?” And as researchers studying global warming get stuck in Antarctic ice, the skeptics are given more fuel for the fire. For many right now this feels like global cooling!

Global warming refers to surface temperature increases, while climate change includes global warming and everything else that results from the increase of greenhouse gasses. When NASA scientist James E. Hansen testified to Congress about climate change, he used the term global warming, and the popularity of the phrase exploded. Unfortunately these phrases are casually used interchangeably, although they are not the same thing. Would skeptics be more receptive to the concept if it wasn’t called global warming? What if it was referred to solely as climate change?

Temperature change isn’t the most severe effect of a changing climate. Changes to precipitation patterns and sea levels are going to have a much greater human impact than higher temperatures alone. Think of the recent ferocity of hurricanes, increasing droughts, and flooding; the extreme weather is already affecting the world. While people may not believe in “global warming,” it is hard not to recognize “climate change.”

While global warming and climate change are two different phenomena in scientific language, for the masses they are used interchangeably. Perhaps the reason for the crazy weather patterns wouldn’t be called into question if climate change was the norm at the start of the discussion.

Dan McCain

Delphi

Let’s be sure we’redealing in good faith

On this one-year anniversary since Logansport received Pyrolyzer’s proposal, the City Council is giving Mayor Franklin unlimited time to solve “unforeseen issues regarding investors and drafting an agreement with Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc. to sell the extra electricity the plant is projected to create…” (Pharos-Tribune 12/13/13)

Neither reason is acceptable because both of these ingredients were known necessities more than one year ago.

The City’s Request for Proposals (RFP) required Pyrolyzer to finance the project. Pyrolyzer’s 1/11/13 proposal states: “All capital for the project will be provided by Pyrolyzer LLC.” Pyrolyzer should make good on its promise.

As to the second excuse: In November of 2012, paid consultant Petersen said his “study” showed that LMU “is situated positively for transmission sales into the ISO markets in their region.” He stated that an interconnection agreement with MISO would be needed. Accordingly, the City’s RFP required applicants to “describe interconnection and transmission requirements to access grid,” but Pyrolyzer’s proposal was silent as to any plan to access any grid. However in March 2013, the City’s paid consultant Petersen wrote to the Mayor that “The Team” was “confident” that its schedule, including “identification of how the power plant can expand if demand for power exceeds current forecasts and capacity of the power plant”, was “achievable.”

So we see that the consultants knew from the beginning that connecting Pyrolyzer to the wholesale grid (MISO) was essential. Now we are told that one reason for delay is “drafting an agreement” with MISO.

MISO has a procedure for reaching an agreement for selling power on the wholesale grid. It starts with making application to MISO, including paying them for an engineering review of your claims. The MISO website shows no application for MISO membership by the City or for any Cass County generator. No incineration project has applied to MISO. Further, there is no evidence that Pyrolyzer has any experience as a regional transmission originator (RTO is the industry term).

If the City is dealing in good faith with its citizens, it should show that application to MISO, including MISO’s engineering study of Pyrolyzer’s plan, is already underway.

Jim Brugh

Logansport

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