Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Senate Committee to Consider Changes to McDowell's Draft Report?

The Senate Energy & Transit Committee will meet tomorrow, Thursday, at 11:00 AM in the Senate Chamber Meeting Room. Expect the meeting to go behind closed doors.
While no agenda has been posted, I have been told that the committee will take up the draft report that was leaked to the media, and will consider changes. We will see whether the changes that emerge are merely cosmetic (to appease McDowell's colleagues), or extensive enough to signal that the the demise of Bluewater Wind may not be a foregone conclusion after all.

11 Comments:

Anonymous kavips said...

You're on fire, man.

3:56 AM, April 17, 2008  
Blogger Nancy Willing said...

Time for Peterson to show some damned leadership. The whole state, practically will stand with her if she will only show some more guff.

10:09 AM, April 17, 2008  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

I don't think Karen Peterson will be shown to be lacking in the guff department.

11:37 AM, April 17, 2008  
Anonymous kavips said...

What does she need from us?

11:48 AM, April 17, 2008  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

You can call your senator and demand that the Energy & Transit Committee issue a fair report that reflects all the facts, not just those that suit Delmarva Power.

12:50 PM, April 17, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm getting more and more interested in how Harris McDowell's pet project, the Sustainable Energy Utility, figures into all of this, particularly as how a Bluewater Wind farm might negatively impact on its agenda, business plan, or whatever.

For that matter, I'm curious as to what Harris McDowell does for his 'day job'. His official senate profile is particularly vague on that subject and just says "self employed". Anybody out there know?

Edmund Dohnert

2:38 PM, April 17, 2008  
Anonymous jason330 said...

Edmund -

McDowell had been pushing for "Waste to Energy" style "green" energy on behalf of a Danish(?) incinerator concern for 15 years.

He might still be on the payroll even though waste incineration was made illegal in Delaware due to the fact that one of the side effects from it is that it kills people left and right.

I'm working on some of this but it seems pretty clear to me now that McDowell is using the State Senate to create a six figure job for himself when he quits (perhaps as soon as next year). Don't laugh there is precedent that McDowell is working from.

For the job to pan out as he's planned two things need to happen. Blue Water Wind needs to fail and the SEU needs to have a steady funding source.

If you want to poke around search for "incineration" and "MCDowell".

7:28 PM, April 17, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nancy Willing said...
Time for Peterson to show some damned leadership. The whole state, practically will stand with her if she will only show some more guff.

You seem hell bent on trash talking Peterson. Why don't you tell us what it is you might be doing to move things forward? Why don't you lay off the negative attacks on one of the only state senators who has shown any interest in fighting for the causes that favor the public's interests? Or, you could keep beating the shit out of Peterson until she decides to tell you to go F#*& yourself.

2:15 PM, April 18, 2008  
Anonymous kavips said...

Anon bounces on a major problem deriving from our closed system of how we create state laws.

Karen is working on issues, and sometimes within the structure of the Senate, more than the House, relationships are the key to getting one's projects out of committee and off of the floor into actual policy.

Sometimes one "shouldn't" stick their neck out.

It may go against all our notions of what is right, and how to fight, but from day 1 in the Senate, you learn that laying low, "is the way to go."

Nancy on the other hand is expressing frustration because her idol, as she is of most of this state's progressives, seems to have fallen under an evil spell telepathied from evil forces of Mordor (Delmarva).

Nancy is simply trying through her vocal exclamtion, to Gandalfize the spell that she thinks Saraman (DeLuca) exerted over that good King of Edoras, Theodan (Peterson).

Often between January and the first of July, the world outside the four walls of the General Assembly, becomes irrelevant. Not in a either a bad, or good way, it just does because that which goes on inside those walls becomes too intense to allow time to deal with outside issues.......

It is kind of comic, really. We elect representatives to represent us and they become too busy representing us, to represent us....

(Let's see if that shows up in someone's campaign message!)

Occasionally because all of us are truly human, a personal attack can sometimes cut through the petty tripe holding us down, and a legislator occasionally looks out the window and sees a mob assembled on the lawn.

That is when priorities change, and what we call action, happens real quick.

Most of you do not understand the role, or power, you have over those elected officials, especially those elected on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis. A victory of 300 votes, only means that 150 weighted in our favor and voted for you instead of your opponent. They could at the drop of a hat, change their minds the opposite way..... 150 voters means 75 houses. Seventy five houses, means roughly two streets......Two streets in a district can throw an election.

If you haven't walked your street, excited you neighbors about how four people are going to cost us $2000 a year in additional high electrical bills, then you really haven't done enough for bringing wind power to Delaware.

Every person has a part to play. That includes anon as well as Nancy, not to mention Loudell, Tommywonk, Evans, the News Journal, and even the villains, McDowell, by becoming a lightning rod of anger, all have their part to play in bringing wind to Delaware.

What have YOU done.....lately?

2:52 PM, April 18, 2008  
Anonymous Nancy said...

I had a chance to speak with Senator Peterson yesterday and she allowed that anony above had passed on anony's version of where I might be coming from.

I told Karen that since I had heard her on the radio saying that 'the deal was dead' (paraphrase) that I thought that she needed some shoving as she was our front line of defense and it was feeling as if the Colonials were high-tailing it in retreat.
She understood that I had gotten the wrong impression.

Thanks Kavips for grasping reality on the ground in your inimicable way. :-)

I got a chance to thank both Peterson and Cloutier yesterday in person. That was pretty cool.

Now we have to get to the rest of the undecided Senators.

And by the way, Peterson isn't doing what she is doing for me, she is doing it because she wants to do it and it is the right thing to do. She is welcome to tell me to go fuck myself anytime./

6:23 PM, April 18, 2008  
Anonymous kavips said...

She can't do that! You're her boss.
Well, at least those living in her district.....are. :)

1:05 AM, April 21, 2008  

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