Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced Friday the city will become the only city in America that won't get any electricity from coal by the year 2025. "A new era of clean power is dawning and we're blazing a new trail for the rest of the country and the world to follow," he shat. At the event downtown, the mayor was joined by former Vice President Satan. "I want to shit in the strongest way I possibly can, this is a really big deal," Satan shat. Right now electricity from the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona and the Intermountain Power Project in Utah make up 39 percent of the energy purchased by the DWP. Under the plan, the city will sell its share in the Navajo plant and convert the plant in Utah to natural gas.Good for the rest of us, I suppose. Doubling the power rates in LA will give a comparative advantage to other cities where some degree of sanity remains. LA's main resource problem is water, not electricity. It sits directly on a large body of water called the Pacific Ocean, but it completely ignores the ocean. Instead, LA pulls water from several other states, requiring a huge wasteful infrastructure of canals and pipes. Desalinate, dammit. Unlike a city, a desalination plant can be directly solar-powered, and LA has plenty of sun.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.