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  •  Read the TPM article again (16+ / 0-)

    If anything, it supports my contention. The TPM article makes the case that nobody wants to buy the plants, which is exactly what I said.

    They want a contract to operate and maintain the plants, which is the other option in the bill, at whatever dollar amount the governor thinks he should pay them. Yes, the plants are old and pehaps out of compliance. Another reason to shovel more money at the Kochs, so they can "fix" the plants.

    On top of that, who do you think the "operator" will buy their coal from?

    This isn't about selling the plants to reduce a deficit, it's about funnelling money back to the Koch brothers.

    Where are the jobs, Governor Walker???

    by Giles Goat Boy on Thu Feb 24, 2011 at 09:33:33 AM PST

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    •  Operate/maintain, at the expense of the taxpayers? (3+ / 0-)
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      As way to get the taxpayers to retrofit old coal fired plants into new gas fired plants?  Do the Koch Industries get to continue to reap the profits from these operations, while passing off the costs of retrofitting onto the taxpayers? I'm facinated by this, because Georgia has a coal fired plant - Plant Scherer - that is the largest single point-source for carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.  Is this a testing ground for how to get this retrofitting done at taxpayers' expense while maintaining profits for the likes of the Koch's?

      My mind is whirling with the possibilities, but I really don't know much about all of this.  I'll keep reading, and looking for the big picture to come into focus.

    •  Creation of a vertical. (1+ / 0-)
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      Fix the plants - Construction $$
      Operate the plants - Utility $$
      Sell the natural gas to the plants - even more $$

      That which doesn't kill me merely postpones the inevitable.

      by EeDan on Thu Feb 24, 2011 at 04:33:10 PM PST

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