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Bill`’s Guests Friday 2/19/21
6:35 Rick Manning, President of Americans for Limited Government – www.DailyTorch.com and www.GetLiberty.org
7:35 State Senator Dennis Linthicum talks 3 school reform bills he’s submitted, and also this crazy “Correct Math Answers is Racist” curriculum being pushed by the Left. Also, a seminar in Phoenix he speaks at next Saturday.
8:10 Rachel Dawson, Policy Analyst at Cascade Policy Institute – How reliable will our power be if it’s green?
To ensure the lights stay on, Oregon needs a robust portfolio of energy resources
By Rachel Dawson
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Recent freezing temperatures and power outages in both Oregon and Texas demonstrate why going “all in” on intermittent energy resources like solar and wind power will end up costing utility customers.
Governor Kate Brown declared a state of emergency on Saturday, February 13, due to a snow and ice storm that left up to 300,000 Portland General Electric and Pacific Power customers without power. For those who heat their homes with electricity rather than natural gas, the outage also means being without heat amidst freezing temperatures. The loss of power in the Willamette Valley was caused by 216 miles of damaged transmission lines and around 4,900 downed power lines in neighborhoods.
Texas is also dealing with a cold snap. However, instead of downed power lines, customers are facing rolling blackouts because of failing power resources. Wind turbines and solar panels are frozen over, service power plants unexpectedly went offline, and gas prices increased from an average $25 to $9,000 per megawatt hour. Losing wind power is a major blow to Texas, which made up around 25% of its fuel mix in January, the most wind power of any U.S. state. Around a third of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas’s (ERCOT) power generation, 34,000 megawatts, went offline right as demand began to rise.
This led to rolling blackouts affecting more than four million customers. To increase power supply, the U.S. Department of Energy approved ERCOT’s request to run fossil-fuel power plants at maximum output levels, even if doing so results in exceeding pollution limits. When it comes to ensuring the lights stay on for ratepayers, utilities turn to fossil fuels rather than frozen windmills.
Our region needs a robust portfolio of energy resources, including natural gas and nuclear, so that we have sufficient supply when renewable resources fail to produce electricity. Oregon’s only coal plant, located near Boardman, was shut down by PGE last November. To make up for lost power, PGE has purchased short-term hydropower contracts from Bonneville Power Administration and plans to invest in wind power and battery storage in the future. PGE, however, has no plans of increasing baseload supply or investing in more natural gas.
The more coal plants our region removes from the grid, the more likely we are to experience future blackouts. The Northwest Power and Conservation Council is tasked with running models to determine whether there is enough electricity supply to meet demand in the future during a “worst case scenario.” The Council considers the supply adequate if the Loss of Load Probability (LOLP) is 5% or less. In late 2019, the Council found the LOLP by 2026 to be 26%. This means that more than one out of every four simulations run by the Council shows the region facing a shortage of electricity.
Rotating blackouts experienced by Texas this winter and California last summer demonstrate how important it is to have sufficient baseload power for times when demand is high and intermittent renewable resources can’t be counted on to power the grid. We may not be able to prevent trees from falling on wires; but we can take steps to avoid overreliance on wind, solar, and hydropower
Bill’s Guest Info for Thursday 2/18/21
6:35 Cheryl K. Chumley – The Washington Times – Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Cheryl is the Opinion writer at the Washington Times.
More on Cheryl: www.cherylchumley.com/?page_id=19
Today Cheryl digs into the
Biden’s ‘commonsense gun law reforms’ are the lies of the anti-2nd Amendment left
President Joe Biden, on the anniversary of the horrible tragedy called the Parkland school shootings, promised his administration would forever protect innocent Americans from similarly senseless crimes and soon enough, with Democrats holding majorities in both House and Senate, pass “commonsense gun law reforms.”
What he means by that, of course, is the end of the Second Amendment as we know it.
8:10 Kevin Starrett at Oregon Firearm Federation – Anti Gun Hearings and more incredibly nasty anti-gun bills which you need to fight.
6:35 Automotive Journalist Eric Peters from EPAutos –
Just some of the fantastic articles we discuss on his site – THE PART-TIME ELECTRIC CAR
and one chilling example of an elite Green saying what they really think when it comes to herding you into the Green Reset “BREAK THEIR WILL”
8:10 State Representative E. Werner Reschke
Rep. Reschke states his opposition to dam removal and transfer being considered by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The first docket (P-14803-001) allows the transfer of four hydropower dams along the Klamath River from PacifiCorp to a newly formed company, Klamath River Renewal Corporation (KRRC). The second docket (P-2082-063) grants authority to KRRC to remove the four hydropower dams. “Removing the Klamath River dams will cause an untold ecological damage to the river’s fish and other aquatic species for the foreseeable future due to decades of toxic silt built-up behind each dam. PacifiCorp understands this risk. That is why they are pursuing this transfer of hydropower dam ownership to KRRC, so they can avoid the landslide of impending lawsuits caused by the ecological disaster of dam removal from the flushing of these toxins down river,” said Rep. Reschke.
8:35 Dr. John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center
More on John: https://crimeresearch.org/about-us/
John Lott is the author of Gun Control Myths: How politicians, the media, and botched “studies” have twisted the facts on gun control
Trump’s Senate Trial Rests on the Claim that He Lied About Vote Fraud, He Didn’t
Former-president Donald Trump’s Senate trial for his January 6 speech “inciting” a riot at the U.S. Capitol rests on the claim that he lied about vote fraud in the November election. Put aside that Trump asked “everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically, make your voices heard.” That he only wanted them to show their support for legislators who were supporting him. That the assault on the Capitol’s security lines started before Trump began speaking.
While Trump’s questioning the integrity of the November election “incited” violence, President Biden can liken Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley to Nazi Joseph Goebbels or numerous times falsely label his political opponents as racists, but, of course, that isn’t inciting violence. READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE
6:35 Jackson County Commissioner Colleen Roberts discusses fire recovery committee hearing for Wednesday, OSHA wants the Crazy Covid Rules made permanent. Regarding the OSHA proposing a permanent rule, here is the link so you can comment: https://osha.oregon.gov/news/2021/Pages/nr2021-05.aspx
How to comment on the wildfire recovery meeting – How to Testify at the Oregon Legislature
7:35 Josephine County Commissioner Herman Baertschiger – what might be done to rein in Gov. Brown’s power and other issues of county concern.
8:10 Ari Hoffman, is the associate editor and Seattle correspondent for The Post Millennial. Ari is a small business owner and former politician who first gained exposure for exposing failed socialist policies that affected his home, businesses and community in Seattle.
CA Congresswoman Sara Jacobs wants America to have a “truth commission”
“California Democrat Rep. Sarah Jacobs told CNN’s Brian Stelter that the United States needs a “Truth Commission” so a “common narrative” can be set forth. Rep. Jacobs explained to Stelter that a Truth Commission could be one solution for sorting out the different conflicting political narratives in the US, by having one official government narrative of history and political events.”–The Post Millennial
6:35 Andi Buerger JD is Co-Founder of Beulah’s Place in Oregon. She’s Founder of Voices Against Trafficking. She’s author of A Fragile Thread of Hope: One Survivor’s Quest to Rescue.
The Death of a Predator By Andi Buerger
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
— Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa
My first question when I received the call was, “When did she pass?” Knowing the date would seal her death—make it real and final. When I heard the answer, the corners of my mouth slowly lifted up. I had waited decades to get that call. Wanting, hoping, praying that her physical life would be done – and the last piece of my physical and mental suffering would finally be over. Ninety-one years she took to pass. Today I knew it was finally over. It was finished: my predator was dead. I looked at my husband and he knew “the day” had finally come – and I was free. Really free. Physically free in a way I couldn’t be until she died.
The agony of the daily sadistic abuse and her attempts to end my life from age six months to 17 years old drove me as a five-year child to the curb of my house hoping for a car to come by fast enough to jump in front of and end my life. I wanted to have peace and never to be touched again by my birth mother, my primary predator.
8:10 Dr. Dennis Powers with this week’s “Where Past Meets Present” history profile:
Frank C. Clark: The Architect Who Styled our Cities
By Dennis Powers
Born in 1872 in New York state, Frank Chamberlain Clark learned his drafting trade in New York City. After working for city architects, in 1895 Clark joined the firm of McKim, Mead, and White where he practiced drafting, with his evenings spent studying architecture and engineering at The Cooper Union, a private, full-scholarship college. While there, he taught architecture, art, and engineering; however, he became interested in Beaux-Arts that instructors at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris advocated by preserving classical form in design.
After practicing architecture in Los Angeles and Arizona, the 30-year-old Clark was awarded the contract to design two new buildings in 1902 for the Ashland Academy (now SOU). He moved to Ashland and for decades was the major architect in Jackson and Josephine counties.
His long career took off in the Orchard Boom of the early 1900s. During these years, the Valley boomed as wealthy easterners moved here to plant orchards and wanted elegant orchard houses—which he designed. While in Ashland, he turned out plans for the Elk’s Temple, Granite City Community Hospital, and the Enders Building. In 1910, he was well positioned and moved to fast-growing Medford. Clark designed stylish orchard homes, colonial-style residences, and major buildings such as St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the Sparta Building (American Renaissance style), Medford Elk’s Temple (Period Classical), Medford Airport/Newell Barber Field, the Swedenburg House (at the entrance to SOU), and many others.
Clark’s second intense period of work emerged after World War I. From 1920 when irrigation boosted the fruit industry to even when the Great Depression dramatically curtailed work, this architect’s career still thrived. During these years, prominent Medford residents commissioned houses (Craftsman, Period Colonial, and English Tudor), while city leaders commissioned structures as Medford Senior High School and Washington School (Period Classical), the Holly Theatre (Spanish Colonial), and Hillcrest Orchard buildings (Period Colonial). Clark in 1931 designed his large “dream” house on East Main in Medford; neighborhoods at East Main Street and Oakdale Avenue showed off numbers of his designs.
Clark continued on with an associate, Robert Keeney, in 1931 who was a recent architecture graduate from the University of Oregon. Six years later, the firm became known as Clark and Keeney. During World War II, he built wartime housing for the troops at Camp White. After World War II and with Kenney returning from service, he at age 73 turned over the bulk of the design work to his partner. Continuing with his designs, Clark’s career spanned over 60 years as he worked past his 80th birthday. He died in 1957 at age 84.
Frank C. Clark arrived in Ashland well over a century ago, and he was responsible for designing and creating several hundred structures of which numerous ones are still standing. He employed a variety of styles for residences, schools, commercial buildings, and institutional structures: “Graceful period colonial homes, opulent Beaux Arts, Queen Anne, Craftsman, Tudor, Prairie Style, Art Deco (Varsity Theatre, Ashland, and the 1937 “Harry and David” Packing House), and modern that included stucco and poured concrete,” according to John Darling, “Many of his signature buildings remain as a testament to his artistry.”
Sources: Kay Atwood, “The Oregon Encyclopedia: Frank Clark (1872-1957)” at Frank Clark; See, among others, Mail Tribune, “Clark built a lasting reputation as architect,” February 18, 2009 at More Background; John Darling, “A Master of Style,” Mail Tribune, ”Our Valley,” Pp. 58-59, April 26, 2020.