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Re: “SCE&G seeks yet another rate hike to fund a struggling nuclear project

First = This article is written, the first time in SC, with the real professional analysis of SCANA/SCE&G “cancer”, which hurts the economy, residents and businesses budgets. It started in 2008 and is growing from the illegally forced overcharged kWh rates (the felony of false claimed “other people’s money”). “Bravo and Bis (in an international style ) and the laud APPLAUSE in our American styles for the author - Mr. Paul Bowers !!!

At Least = SCANA/SCE&G false claimed Base Load Review Act created this white-collar crime and shall be removed as fast as Confederate Flag was done in SC Assembly. Mr. Jim Merrill, please help US!
Individually returned money to illegally (compensatory and punitive damages) overcharged ratepayers can easily cover solar panels on roofs, especially for retirees to make them more independent in outages. Important for the SC judicial system is the elimination of non-ethical and/or incompetent lawyers.
A discussion about nuclear technology just to defend criminals is irrelevant here.

Posted by Joe Wojcicki on August 27, 2015 at 6:59 PM

Re: “Question #7: Making the cost of living align with wages in Charleston

Maurice is correct, the major impediment to business and employment is actually government. The government prevents people with cars from becoming taxis because that would create competition for the existing cab companies who pay the city huge amounts of money to maintain their lack of competition. Ostensibly all of the red tape and high cost is to ensure that people have clean cabs, or safer drivers, or any number of other sound good crap that is just a way to hide the fact that Charleston is protecting those with the money at the expense of those who would get out and create their own jobs. Cabs are just one example of government staying in the way of people working. Most everyone else here just wants to artificially hike wages, use taxes to subsidize housing and force builders to rent at below cost, which will just produce higher prices for the people being forced to subsidize others housing or inflated wages.

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Posted by SweetJane Parx on August 27, 2015 at 5:47 PM

Re: “Question #7: Making the cost of living align with wages in Charleston

And they all wonder why we can not keep young talent in town. Or maybe they don't wonder and don't care. Something really should be done to get salaries in line with cost of living expenses here.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on August 27, 2015 at 4:48 PM

Re: “SCE&G seeks yet another rate hike to fund a struggling nuclear project

SCE&G /A SCANA Company perpetrated a white-collar fraud and has already collected billions of dollars from their victims, the utility customers. According to False Claim Act it is a violation. There are over three million victims including veterans, retirees, military and other families with children.
One Lexington lawyer got 63 months imprisonment for less than a 3 million dollars fraud from US judge Margaret B. Seymour. How much should K.Chad Burgess - the SCANA conselor- get for the three Billion dollars in this 'organized crime' ? Simple multiplication gives: 1000 times more or 63,000 months = 5,250 years, a little more than Mr. Bernard Madoff got for his scam, right? Anybody who blocks this fact obstruct justice, everybody who approves another increase will support criminal negligence of all the victims' budgets and breach her/his own pleadge for „..liberty and justice for all“. As a public servant, paid by SC taxpayers, s/he is guilty of conspiracy and, maybe braibery. Stop this financial rape!!!

Posted by Sandrabw22 on August 27, 2015 at 4:06 PM

Re: “SCE&G seeks yet another rate hike to fund a struggling nuclear project

I say no more money to these fraudsters. I am already getting a large screwing from them every month lately. 3 unoccupied homes ran me 1700.00 last month. Why? My normal bills at this time of year run no more than 400.00, when fully loaded with family freeloaders, so I'm calling shenanigans.

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Posted by CIACulinaryKid on August 26, 2015 at 8:13 PM

Re: “SCE&G seeks yet another rate hike to fund a struggling nuclear project

It's a complete RIP OFF ~ Pull the plug!

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Posted by Erica Gray on August 26, 2015 at 6:54 PM

Re: “SCE&G seeks yet another rate hike to fund a struggling nuclear project

We the People are waiting too long for a strong and effective way to end this SCE&G/SCANA scandal. Maybe there is a way to organize solidarity action with individuals (up to 700,000) to dispute these illegal overcharges?
Visit www.bypas-int.net

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Posted by Joe Wojcicki on August 26, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Re: “SCE&G seeks yet another rate hike to fund a struggling nuclear project

After removing Confederate Flag SC Assembly shall remove SCE&G /A SCANA Company white-collar fraud with overcharging 700,000 customers using false claimed SC Base Load Review Act. There are over three million victims of this international multi-billion dollars scandal. Ones call this a “monopolistic slavery of 21st Century”

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Posted by Joe Wojcicki on August 26, 2015 at 5:01 PM

Re: “SCE&G seeks yet another rate hike to fund a struggling nuclear project

The SC Base Load Review Act CANNOT be a legal ground to collect the money from
SCE&G ratepayers because Jenkinsville VC Summer Units 2 and 3 nuclear plant CANNOT be a ”base load”. PERIOD. The simple “justice for all” shall return all billions of dollars to ratepayers. This is a white-collar crime similar to Enron scandal ended in 2001-2006.

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Posted by Joe Wojcicki on August 26, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Re: “SCE&G seeks yet another rate hike to fund a struggling nuclear project

In response to comment #1:

Describing nuclear as "dirty" is demonstrably false. US nuclear power has not caused a single public death and has never had any impact on public health. It also has negligible CO2 emissions.

Scientific studies which estimate the overall health and environmental impacts of various energy sources (e.g., www.externe.info/) actually show that nuclear's impacts are even less than solar's, although both are negligible compared to fossil fuels.

All energy sources have some net CO2 emissions (after accounting for all parts of the generation process), but nuclear's net CO2 emissions are negligible compared to fossil fuels, and similar to renewables. Lower than solar, in fact, and similar to wind. From the IPCC itself:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life-cycle_greenhouse-gas_emissions_of_energy_sources

Solar is more expensive than nuclear, and doesn't generate power ~75% of the time. (With the necessary energy storage, it would be FAR more expensive.) In reality, we should do both (nuclear and solar). They compliment each other well. Any renewable generation should be used to replace fossil fuels, not nuclear.

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Posted by Jim Hopf on August 26, 2015 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Question #7: Making the cost of living align with wages in Charleston

Santa Fe raised the minimum wage to 10.51 and that only applies to county workers. If restaurants do that, expect a burger and fries to cost you $30. But thats only if there are any restaurants still in business

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Posted by luvindisgig on August 26, 2015 at 3:16 PM

Re: “Question #7: Making the cost of living align with wages in Charleston

All avoided the pressing question. Consider that we are a foodie town, much of our tourism is food driven, ergo, many of our jobs are in the food industry. Yet even in the better restaurants, 12 an hour is top pay. Many start COOKS at $7.15 an hour. And cooks generally do not get 40 hrs a week. Even if "affordable" housing were 600 a month, it is still out of reach for 9.00 an hr. And good luck finding that.
These people want you to believe that there will be a build out of thousands of homes, with reasonable rents....RIGHT !! We are similar to Santa Fe, they raised the min. wage to 15.00, and the restaurants still prosper. Time for the 99% to get pissed off, and change things !

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Posted by Dan Blake on August 26, 2015 at 2:45 PM

Re: “SCE&G seeks yet another rate hike to fund a struggling nuclear project

Let's see, SCE&G has a government sponsored monopoly, not always the best customer service, is not necessarily on the cutting edge of energy technology, isn't overly worried about efficiency, does whatever it can to self perpetuate and has the ability to change (that means raise) whenever it feels like it. Yeah, let's do the same thing with healthcare.

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Posted by nofaith on August 26, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Re: “SCE&G seeks yet another rate hike to fund a struggling nuclear project

"Yes they do, and that's why there's radioactive Tritium in the groundwater and rivers around every nuclear plant. There are also gaseous leaks during operation, especially during refueling."

Tritium is a naturally occurring low radioactive substance, and is only present in levels that are considered harmless to humans. This stuff is regularly monitored and evaluated by the NRC: http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collecti…

Your blog link is mostly non-scientific, and uses their own links as references.
Here is what actual scientists and engineers have to say about it: http://cen.acs.org/articles/91/web/2013/04…

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Posted by brewengineer on August 26, 2015 at 12:03 PM

Re: “SCE&G seeks yet another rate hike to fund a struggling nuclear project

Yes they do, and that's why there's radioactive Tritium in the groundwater and rivers around every nuclear plant. There are also gaseous leaks during operation, especially during refueling.

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Posted by Reindeargirl on August 26, 2015 at 10:55 AM

Re: “SCE&G seeks yet another rate hike to fund a struggling nuclear project

Hey, sweet, a utility that operates as a virtual monopoly with no regulation or oversight continues to use its captive audience as a piggy bank.

I'd say I'm surprised, but god fucking knows they won't reinvest some of their staggering profits into their project--they've got to poor mouth and have the regulatory board rubber-stamp their request.

Fuck SCE&G.

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Posted by leemajors on August 26, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Re: “SCE&G seeks yet another rate hike to fund a struggling nuclear project

"Plus, every nuclear plant operating releases radioactive emissions into the air and water."

No, they don't.

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Posted by brewengineer on August 26, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Re: “SCE&G seeks yet another rate hike to fund a struggling nuclear project

he money spent so far on this taxpayer boondoggle could have put solar panels and storage batteries in every household in SC. And while it may not emit CO2 during operation, 12+ years of construction along with intense CO2 usage concrete have contributed tons of CO2 to the atmosphere. Plus, every nuclear plant operating releases radioactive emissions into the air and water. Nuclear is expensive and dirty, and this was a bad decision by the utility, and worse, by the PSC, as climbing rates show.

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Posted by Reindeargirl on August 26, 2015 at 9:24 AM

Re: “Question #6: What would you do to create more equitable housing and real estate?

I agree Mat, and of course i have to play the devils advocate in this situation. In reality Im sure that these candidates are some of the brightest well meaning people around. I just emplore everyone to use our creativiy to actually address BIG PICTURE problems that will affect us all if we don't start finding ways to amend our government and the way corporations are hijacking it.

EVERYTHING is not just business in LIFE, yet we tend to continue to try to SOLELY organize our society around production and this paper trail called the economy.

What are we going to do about it charleston? We are the shining example of this country. The one place the USA has always been proud of.

Posted by zee on August 23, 2015 at 3:19 AM
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