Leaked: The Internet must go!

Hey! Are you on the internet right now? Of course you are! Then you should definitely check out this amazing video about what the internet companies are planning. This move could hurt both consumers and content creators--but of course would be a huge windfall for internet providers.

How weathly are Americans?

The disparity in wealth between the richest one percent of Americans and the bottom 80 percent has grown exponentially over the last thirty years — but the video, posted by user politizane and relying on data from a popular Mother Jones post, focuses on the difference between the ideal disparity that Americans would like to see and the reality.

Tax the Rich

So long! It's been fun.

Dear listeners,

In July 2011 I started a new job teaching Italian at Kansas State University. In some ways this was a return to my roots, as I taught English as a Foreign Language for 17 years in Italy. Now I am teaching English speakers Italian. I've come full circle.

This coming full circle also means the end of an attempt on my part to start a new career in my 50s. Sadly, as much as I tried to bring community radio to Manhattan, I was not successful. So I have decided to dedicate my energy and time to my first love, being an educator.

The archive of my shows will remain active - there's a lot of great content in the shows. So I hope you continue to listen and enjoy them.

Once again thank you for your support and encouragement over the five years the show was on the air. I know many feel that my program needs to be on the air and I agree with you that a diversity of voices is sorely lacking in the local media. But alas, it is not I who will bring that diversity. It will have to be someone else.

Christopher E. Renner

26 March 2008

Sunflower Electric Power: Carbon Risks Outweigh Benefits of Holcomb Expansion

I have the complete report available as a PDF file. If you would liek to have a copy, e-mail your requests to renner@ksu.edu. I can't put downloads on this webpage.


Executive Summary Innovest Strategic Value Advisors - March 2008

The following report examines how current and proposed regulatory scenarios, alternatives to coal-fired generation,stakeholder opposition, and rising construction costs continue to shift the competitive balance away from coal-firedgeneration. Furthermore, this analysis includes an in-depth financial assessment of the benefits of constructing gas powerplants over coal power plants in a carbon constrained economy. This report demonstrates the fact that Sunflower has notadequately addressed the financial risks associated with the CO2 output from the proposed Holcomb Station. As a result, Sunflower, a consumer-owned nonprofit corporation, is putting its ratepayers and owners at significant risk.Although the proposed expansion of the Holcomb Station plant would provide Sunflower with additional baseload generatingcapacity, the carbon risks associated with an increased reliance on coal present significant financial risks for the company’sowners and ratepayers. Given that Sunflower is a consumer-owned cooperative, the burden of future carbon costs will beplaced entirely on the company’s ratepayers. Assuming carbon prices between $21 and $48 per tonne, the Holcombexpansion could cost Sunflower ratepayers between $22.4 million and $51.36 million annually. Furthermore, Innovestanalysis demonstrates that under federal legislation that relies on 100% auctioning of emissions allowances, natural gasgeneration becomes more economical at a carbon price of $13.20 per tonne. In conclusion, this analysis indicates thatSunflower has failed to account for likely regulatory scenarios, and will therefore expose its ratepayers to the significantfinancial exposure associated with a strategic focus on developing new coal capacity.

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