Over the Horizon... Too late?
By Ken Bylund
March 04, 2009
The ideal human trait is to look ahead and see whether we are
going to eat or get eaten. We have shelter... good. Food and
water, plentiful enough for our everyday needs. What is
at risk is energy... electrical power - that magical helper
we take for granted - it pumps water into your shelter to
bathe, drink, cook, wash, and yes... flush the toilet. It enables
the furnace, electric space heaters, stoves, washer, dryer, refrigeration,
freezers, keeps the plumbing from freezing solid, the source
that keeps us alive depends on hydroelectric reservoirs
that are out of sight and [unfortunately] out of mind.
Today Swan Lake's water level is more than 30 feet below normal;
does this look promising for our town's survival? More and more
it looks likely we will be on Diesel Generators [$urcharge]
in early spring. Fuel brought up on barges - this is the single
most important survival decision our leaders must face -
time to look out for the one precious resource that enables
us to survive as a community.
Mahoney Lake hydroelectric
potential is estimated to deliver 46,000 MWh per average year
and only five  miles away. This capital project should be
our immediate action item - IMMEDIATE!!! Pick up the phone now,
write e-mails, letters, to the Governor, Senators, Congressman,
and your Mayors. This is everyone's wakeup call, merchants,
fishermen, bankers, rich or poor!
The Tyee Intertie is to be
shared with Wrangell and Petersburg; likely not enough left over
to help us with these annual shortfalls that seem to eat us alive
in Diesel Surcharges and is fifty-seven  miles of above ground
towers and cabling - maintenance and repair must be challenging
enough for our linemen in summer but imagine working to repair
downed lines in our hostile weather months.
Electrical Power is our Achilles Heel - a vulnerability that
could be fatal for some, even for our town with the downward
spiral of the economy and add the increasing uncertainty with
fossil fuel... those reciprocating diesel engines driving generators
that must run flawlessly, 24/7 to keep us alive when Swan Lake's
surface is circling the drain. This is happening now. Our money
stream needs to be used for the good, for the survival of all
the citizens... anything not related to our community's survival
To the Mayors of our Town and Borough; work out your differences
with Cape Fox, get our hometown shovels in the ground, jobs for
our own people working for our best interests, on the Mahoney
Lake Tribal Energy Project; as for the Whitman Lake Project,
fine... every little bit helps.
Received March 04, 2009 - Published
March 04, 2009
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