We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Well, the only fuel worse than firewood on a CO2 produced per BTU is dried animal dung, something which seems to be produced in great quantities in Berkeley.
All they're doing is, just as with electric cars, exporting their pollution to Oregon and creating more wasted transmission losses. Given the already overtaxed infrastructure of Northern California, I'd wonder if continuing to increase transmission loads is a greater fire hazard than running gas pipelines in seismically active areas.
Another Guy named Dan
Listened to article in WSJ yesterday about record natural gas production but because of NY State pipeline bans they can't hook them up in NY (or New England I suppose)and the price goes up. Meanwhile the Texans just burn it because they can't get it up north.
I grew up in Albuquerque, NM, and people used to heat their homes with coal and wood. Albuquerque is in the Rio Grande valley and in the winter an inversion layer would form and trap the smoke. The whole town smelled like it was on fire. Now coal and wood heat are banned because of the pollution.
Keep in mind the two sides in the debate over the Constitution weren't really the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists, it was the Federalists and the Nationalists. To the extent that the Nationalists wanted a stronger central government, they stole a march on the Federalists by calling themselves Federalists, leaving the real Federalists to be known as Anti-Federalists. (Sort of like Antifa - a group of fascists explicitly calling themselves anti-fascists.) Those opposed to the Constitution were opposed for a variety of reasons but a common argument was that no matter what chains you put on a central government, the chains were bound to be broken and a strong central government would soon subsume the states' authority and despotism would again be the rule.
Given that we celebrate the Fourth of July as our Independence Day- the day we said we were free - rather than September 3 - the day the King of England reluctantly agreed to our independence - or Constitution Day, it's instructive to read the Declaration of Independence and the indictments of the King's actions that were so unconscionable as to require a condemnation of such a government. And you realize the real federalists were right, there's not much difference between the government we had in 1776 and what we have today.
"Judge Andrew Oldham says they can also give us insight on the modern administrative state."
This is an excellent column in the WSJ (“The Weekend Interview” by Jason Willick). I had not heard of Judge Oldham before. At age 40, he should have a long career ahead of him. Another good judicial nomination by President Trump.
Who is president matters. The Senate matters, too. Judge Oldham was confirmed on July 18, 2018 by a vote of 50 to 49.
The Switchel Philosopher