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10 hours ago, mr6666 said:

 

The vote was 50 to 49.  Is there a vacant seat in the Senate or did someone just not vote?

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3 hours ago, ElCid said:

The vote was 50 to 49.  Is there a vacant seat in the Senate or did someone just not vote?

Doesn't Lindsey Grahame have Covid-19 and he is being quarantine?     

 

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2 hours ago, jamesjazzguitar said:

Doesn't Lindsey Grahame have Covid-19 and he is being quarantine?     

 

He voted for it.   I think they have a system for those in quarantine to vote.   Apparently Mike Rounds of S.D. was absent due to his wife receiving cancer treatment.  He had worked on advancing it, but then stated he was opposed to it, but didn't vote on it. 

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/567158-the-19-gop-senators-who-voted-for-the-1t-infrastructure-bill

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1 hour ago, ElCid said:

He voted for it.   I think they have a system for those in quarantine to vote.   Apparently Mike Rounds of S.D. was absent due to his wife receiving cancer treatment.  He had worked on advancing it, but then stated he was opposed to it, but didn't vote on it. 

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/567158-the-19-gop-senators-who-voted-for-the-1t-infrastructure-bill

Graham is back at the Capitol, because he was on the Senate floor Tuesday with a statement encouraging people to get vaccinated.

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A 'nuclear power station' in space: China reveals plans to launch a fleet of mile-long solar panels into space to beam energy back to Earth by 2035

China reveals plans to launch a fleet of mile-long solar panels into space

The solar panels will eventually produce a gigawatt of electricity, similar to the output of a nuclear power station, and send it to a base station in Chongqing City in southeast China. Above the Earth there are no clouds and no day or night that could obstruct the sun's ray - making a space solar station a constant zero carbon power source helping China achieve its net zero carbon emission target by 2060.

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Hurricane Ida destruction could lift infrastructure bill hopes

Damaged linked to Hurricane Ida bolstering infrastructure supporters in Congress

https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/hurricane-ida-destruction-infrastructure-bill

 

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Death Toll In NYC Climbs To At Least 13;

Gov. Hochul Tours Damage, Promises Infrastructure Investments For Flood Mitigation

https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2021/09/02/ida-new-york-city-flood-emergency/

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"...........When residents and city officials pressed ENO about the catastrophic power failure, company executives explained that the outages couldn’t be avoided during a big storm like Ida. But an investigation by ProPublica and NPR found that the utility, along with its parent company, Entergy, failed to take the necessary steps to protect its customers against outages, despite opportunities after several big hurricanes to build more resilient systems.

Entergy has aggressively resisted efforts by regulators, residents and advocates to improve its infrastructure. The company’s restoration of its equipment after major storms didn’t prioritize the grid modernization that industry experts say could limit the scope and duration of power outages...........

ENO is uniquely positioned among American utilities to protect its interests because of how it’s regulated. The subsidiary is one of only two investor-owned utilities overseen by a city council; utilities typically are regulated by a state-level commission. That setup has often left the New Orleans City Council without sufficient resources and expertise to effectively regulate the monopoly electric utility, ..........

By the spring of 2017, residents frequently complained about power outages that occurred even on sunny days, so much so that the council launched an investigation. It found that more than a third of nearly 2,600 outages in the prior year were caused by equipment failures. While ENO blamed everything from aging infrastructure to pesky squirrels for the issues, council members also found that ENO had slashed spending for equipment upgrades and diverted funds earmarked for basic repairs. In 2019, the council fined ENO $1 million for its “inaction and omissions in mitigating” those outages. ...........

see:  https://www.propublica.org/article/entergy-resisted-upgrading-new-orleans-power-grid-when-ida-hit-residents-paid-the-price

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13 hours ago, mr6666 said:

"...........When residents and city officials pressed ENO about the catastrophic power failure, company executives explained that the outages couldn’t be avoided during a big storm like Ida. But an investigation by ProPublica and NPR found that the utility, along with its parent company, Entergy, failed to take the necessary steps to protect its customers against outages, despite opportunities after several big hurricanes to build more resilient systems.

Entergy has aggressively resisted efforts by regulators, residents and advocates to improve its infrastructure. The company’s restoration of its equipment after major storms didn’t prioritize the grid modernization that industry experts say could limit the scope and duration of power outages...........

ENO is uniquely positioned among American utilities to protect its interests because of how it’s regulated. The subsidiary is one of only two investor-owned utilities overseen by a city council; utilities typically are regulated by a state-level commission. That setup has often left the New Orleans City Council without sufficient resources and expertise to effectively regulate the monopoly electric utility, ..........

By the spring of 2017, residents frequently complained about power outages that occurred even on sunny days, so much so that the council launched an investigation. It found that more than a third of nearly 2,600 outages in the prior year were caused by equipment failures. While ENO blamed everything from aging infrastructure to pesky squirrels for the issues, council members also found that ENO had slashed spending for equipment upgrades and diverted funds earmarked for basic repairs. In 2019, the council fined ENO $1 million for its “inaction and omissions in mitigating” those outages. ...........

see:  https://www.propublica.org/article/entergy-resisted-upgrading-new-orleans-power-grid-when-ida-hit-residents-paid-the-price

All this may very well be true, but the ultimate answer will be to raise utility rates in order to pay for all the necessary tremendously expensive upgrades.  Most utilities are privately owned corporations and therefore have shareholders.  In order, to continue to maintain and attract investors, they have to deliver decent return on investment.  Without that, they go out of business.

The other answer is government grants and that would require a huge increase in taxes.

Of course, better regulation is needed as well.  On the other hand, New Orleans never should have been built where it was to begin with.  

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2 hours ago, ElCid said:

All this may very well be true, but the ultimate answer will be to raise utility rates in order to pay for all the necessary tremendously expensive upgrades.  Most utilities are privately owned corporations and therefore have shareholders.  In order, to continue to maintain and attract investors, they have to deliver decent return on investment.  Without that, they go out of business.

The other answer is government grants and that would require a huge increase in taxes.

Of course, better regulation is needed as well.  On the other hand, New Orleans never should have been built where it was to begin with.  

 

New Orleans has to be the worst planned city ever, surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi, and a large lake all below sea level.


Much of the parishes between the city and the gulf should had been tuned into natural barriers which were mostly destroyed during Katrina.

https://people.uwec.edu/jolhm/eh3/group7/WhyNOVulnerable.htm

 

Man always trying to fight nature, guess who's going to win in the long run?

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3 minutes ago, hamradio said:

 

New Orleans has to be the worst planned city ever, surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi, and a large lake all below sea level.


Much of the parishes between the city and the gulf should had been tuned into natural barriers which were mostly destroyed during Katrina.

https://people.uwec.edu/jolhm/eh3/group7/WhyNOVulnerable.htm

 

Man always trying to fight nature, guess who's going to win in the long run?

NNBF-press-release-photo.png

Supposedly when the first Europeans came, the local Native Americans told them not to set up camp and so forth where New Orleans is.  So, that's what they did anyway.

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On 6/26/2021 at 2:38 PM, LsDoorMat said:

The point I'm making is this - If we are going to spend 40 billion on the IRS - and perhaps we should - I expect better service than what I have just described. 

Maybe that is where some of the dough will go, updating antiquated systems.

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