Friday was a great day. Not only was my daughter accepted into the University of Oregon but FERC denied the certificate of public convenience and necessity to the Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline. Because I was standing in the middle of McArthur Court on the U of O campus surrounded by anxious parents and giggling young […]
Until the incumbent Groupthink civic “leaders” are dethroned or ignored Coos County will continue to enact wind energy moratoriums and ignore recommendations like those presented in the SDAT report and look for polarizing billion dollar smokestacks to dot the local landscape.
Next week, Søren Simonsen and Alan Matheson are guest speakers at a presentation of The Next Steps, the first update of the Sustainable Design Assessment Team findings published in a report last fall.
At 5, I will join Mark and we will talk about energy as well as local politics, including the Port and the county. This should be fun so I hope as many as possible will tune in.
The county is on the cusp of great changes, in my humble opinion, with momentum building toward letting go of old failed stereotypes and 19th century paradigms. This momentum could launch the county forward into the 22nd century or, with the wrong leadership keep it mired in the past.
under any circumstances, investment in a new public general cargo terminal involves a very high business risk.
This area has been hostage to a chorus of unsubstantiated rhetoric for way too long. Our regulatory agencies have been forced to delays under the weight of their demands. They can hold these projects hostage, without any penalty or “skin in the game,”
Happily, I am pleasantly surprised by the AIA Sustainable Design Assessment Report for Coos County. Walking away from the SDAT presentation last June, I was concerned the team was overly influenced by a small faction of the county but it seems they did a lot of homework and recognized some of the bottleneck for future economic success.
According to the local paper, the final report is available at the AIA website (the site is currently not responding). Early assessment indicates the report recommends embracing natural resources and habitat suggesting the snowy plover be named the ‘county bird’.