by Max Brantley
You perhaps remember when, until the whistle was blown (here first), that former PSC Chairman Sandra Hochstetter was planning to sit on the Southwest Ark. coal-burning power plant case even though she was planning to go to work for the Arkansas Electric Co-op, which was hoping to own a portion of the power plant and which is a company already heavily invested in coal-fired generators.
That's a bit of relevant context for a report from one of many sets of eyes in the Arkansas Blog community. Our reporter was attending a meeting of local building owners and managers at which Hochstetter was a speaker. Her main thrust was bemoaning the imagined ill effects of the Climate Security Act (on power companies).
The new coal plant is still a raging controversy. A split PSC has signed off on it, but there's still a microscopic shred of hope that the state anti-pollution agency might not sign off on the air permit for this poisonous operation and its greenhouse gases. Other states, even Texas, are moving away from coal, but it's probably too much to hope that Arkansas will be on the cutting edge. But science still counts, doesn't it?
From our correspondent:
Hochstetter just said the global cooling over the last one year has more than offset the global warming effects of the last 100 years.Tell that to the walruses, Dr. Hochstetter.