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Coal, Cosmos and Sterling are fired 
by Vice President Knight Allen
Originally published on May 08, 2014 - reprinted with permission

    The headline on the front page of the May 2 edition of the RJ screamed "Coal fired units may be retired."
  I'm not sure why this was headline news since SB123 in the 2013 legislative session dictated that NV Energy get out of coal by 2019.
  Getting out of almost all their coal generating capacity by the end of this year is quite an acceleration so I guess it is news.
  According to the article NV Energy President Paul Caudill "said the changes to the company's energy mix are not expected to have a significant effect on rates paid by Southern Nevada customers."
  "Our company's strategy is to minimize rate increases for our customers. So we're going to minimize the impacts of these decisions to the extent we can." No significant effect on rates? Minimize rate increases?
  Would anyone care to venture a guess as to the difference between Mr. Caudill's definition of not significant & minimize vs. that of an NV Energy bill payer?
   Do you think that an early peek into the corporate definition of not significant and minimal might be the 50%+ increase in the basic monthly charge NV Energy just proposed to the PUC?

    Have you been watching the "Cosmos" series on FOX? I hate to admit it but I've given up. Despite the fact it is obviously well produced and the host is very likeable, it's all just too much for me. Also, it seemed that just when I would start to get into a segment along would come a commercial to break the rhythm. I have to think that's a pretty flimsy excuse though because I couldn't get into the original show when Carl Sagan did it on PBS with no commercials.
  Oh well, I guess I'll just have to keep getting my knowledge about things like E=MC2, string theory, the Hadron Collider and, of course, Schrödinger's cat* from that great American font of scientific education: "The Big Bang Theory."

    Hey! Wanna buy a basketball team? I heard a rumor the LA CLIPPERS might be for sale. To me, the real foul-up in this is the fact that so many in the "sports business" knew about Donald Sterling and his idiotic nonsense but seldom said and never did anything about it. The NBA owners knew. The sports media knew.  The players knew yet no one called him out until the tape went public.
 Anyway, everyone and their uncles are looking to buy the team. Media elites to sports icons the super rich are in the game. So, why not us? I figure we could all pool our next couple of Social Security checks and make a run at it. After all, it's only a couple of billion dollars. On second thought perhaps discretion is the better part of valor. We should probably hold on to our SS checks so we will be able to pay the not significant and minimal NV Energy rate increases.

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    * Schrödinger's cat: a cat, a flask of poison, and a radioactive source are placed in a sealed box. If an internal monitor detects radioactivity (i.e. a single atom decaying), the flask is shattered, releasing the poison that kills the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when one looks in the box, one sees the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead. This poses the question of when exactly quantum superposition ends and reality collapses into one possibility or the other. Is that clear now? If not fugetaboutit and ask Knight to explain fugetaboutit.