Sunday, March 24, 2013

Michael Skelly and Clean Line Energy, FERC, Federal Governmental Siting, and Parking Lots

Oh heck, I have to make some comments about the Skelly letter in the Houston Chronicle.  Perhaps he wrote it to provoke people.  I doubt he thinks that far beyond the want, desire, or lust before his eyes.
If you haven't read Michael Skelly's letter to the editor for the Houston Chronicle here it is.  Keep in mind this man wants the government to take 60,000 acres of land away from the public and give it to his company.  
Skelly says “Government regulation inevitably leads to too much parking, since one-size-fits-all rules mandate the same requirements…..”
The same is true for powerlines!
Mr. Skelly says “If a business believes its customers need more parking, it will have every incentive to figure this out. “
The same is true for energy generation! Local generation is better than hundreds of miles of transmission and far away generation.  
If the market says more generation is needed, the marketplace will have every incentive to create the generation locally without working politicians to chose specific projects as "winners".
Mr. Skelly says “The space that is occupied by that parking spot can't be used for money-making purposes such as more retail space, offices or housing.”
But Michael Skelly wants to cut through fields with his HVDC power line and limit the usefulness of our land!
Skelly says “It's not just the business that pays the cost for providing unnecessary parking - we all do!”
Is Mr. Skelly talking about parking lots or having the government force landowners to give “Clean” Line Energy our land for them to build his power lines and have all of us pay for it through our electricity bills?
Seriously, I think this letter from Skelly shows some insight into how the man thinks.  For one thing, this letter shows Skelly spends a lot of time doing his research.  Makes me wonder how much time he's spent reading ever Letter to the Editor written in Oklahoma, Kansas and Illinois.  We wonder how much time he's spent at to write this letter of his.  We've coached him well and in his arrogance he chooses to use such arguments for his own needs in Houston.  
 At least Michael could have given some credit for his research.  
Then again, originality is the art of hiding your source.

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