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University Of Pikeville? Yeah, About Those Claims

March 16th, 2012 · 10 Comments

We’re not going to shut up about you giving to the Red Cross for tornado relief efforts. This will take a long time. [Click Here To Give]

If Kentucky’s State House can donate more than $25,000 for disaster relief efforts? Surely you can afford a dollar. Because that’s only about $100 per person. [WLEX18]

Looks like Greg Stumbo and Paul Patton were just cold making things up. Making the University of Pikeville a public school would not help significantly improve the number of Eastern Kentucky students with college degrees, according to a study on the issue released Thursday. [H-L]

Here’s what John Yarmuth had to say yesterday about the $8.4 million to Kentucky through the School Improvement Grants program: “It is very encouraging that the federal government continues to support innovative education reforms in Kentucky,” Yarmuth said. “This grant will help Jefferson County schools and others throughout the state build upon the progress they have already made, so that more students have the resources and opportunities they need to succeed.” [Press Release]

For the record, meddling, bitter gays: We don’t suggest Chris Hartman resign from the Fairness Campaign because he is ineffective. We suggest it because the organization as a whole is ineffective and he should move on to a position that allows him to carry out actual goals without being forced to fail. [Deep Gay Drama]

Rand Paul says he can fix Medicare with the 2013 budget. Which basically means you should ignore this entire line of text. [Rand Paul]

Public Campaign Action Fund has been “targeting” Mitch McConnell for years and years. With basically zero impact. They occasionally run television spots and issue press releases. But it’s mostly all talk. So, no, this is neither new nor news. [WFPL]

Jim Higdon’s new book – Cornbread Mafia – was released a month early by Amazon, resulting in several other retailers deciding to open sales. So order your copy now or go by your local bookstore to make a purchase. [Amazon]

Some mouth-breathing Mississippi college kids demanded to see a U.S. Citizen’s green card while he was playing basketball. Definitely the American way. [Wonkette]

Yet another meaningless piece of legislation passed the senate about meaningless religious matters. [WKYT]

Kentucky Power and most other utility companies love to drop their rate hikes on people while most of the state is dealing with cleanup from disaster. That way fewer people take note and offer comment. [H-L]

President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign released a 17-minute “documentary” that a handful Democrats were loosely freaking out over. Everyone else just kind of rolled their eyes. [HuffPo]

Now that a State House panel is backing the Louisville Bridges Debacle, you can be sure the situation will get more crazy and less real. [C-J/AKN]

Paul Krugman is spot-on. It’s ridiculous to suggest that drilling for oil is the miracle cure for job creation. [NYT]

Tags: Barack Obama · College Sports · Eastern Kentucky · Economy · Education · Giving Back · Greg Stumbo · John Yarmuth · Mitch McConnell · Presidential Race · Rand Paul · The Gays

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Mark H (Not Hebert) // Mar 16, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Actually Krugman is just regurgitating the Democratic talking points on the topic of higher energy prices. The forces behind the run-up are far more complex and the claim that higher domestic production numbers should have lowered process if it was simply a production issue.

    There is a slide of hand being played with regard to the discussion of production numbers. Not all oil is obtained and transported to the refinery at the same cost. Hydrocarbons obtained through fracking are relatively expensive to extract and transport when compared to those obtained from the Gulf, the Alaskan Shelf, or the Atlantic Coast. This oil is what is coined “complex oil” in the industry.

    The reason for the opposition to the XL Pipeline has more to do with preventing the oil being obtained from private lands in the Upper Midwest and the Canadian oil sands, from being more cost-effectively pumped to the refineries in the Gulf. Forcing the newly-derived oil to be trucked down to the Gulf or shipped to China, keeps the cost higher than it would be otherwise.

    For an analogy, if there was a high demand for Ford trucks keeping retail prices high, increased production by Ford at the factory, would only help lower retail costs if those trucks could be efficiently sent to the dealers. More trucks sitting on the factory lot, does nothing to decrease demand.

    Look, of course speculation, Middle Eastern volatility, increased South American and Asian demand have forced prices higher, but for Krugman and the President to argue that increased production will have no impact on costs, is intellectually dishonest. Ironically, speculators are the only group with the ability to save Obama’s rear end before the election. They will drive down the price as fast as they drive it up if they believe that costs will drop in the future. Right now, there is no reason to believe that.

    The current “Green” energy policy has been shown to be an absolute failure. The business plan to spur alternative energy development is inherently flawed, as it has been for decades. We need to move in a totally different direction to speed up development independent of current energy sources. Stressing the current energy system to spur development of alternative energy sources has shown itself to be a loser.

  • 2 Jocko Flocko // Mar 16, 2012 at 10:18 am

    I have a friend in the oil business who told me that if the U.S. was half as aggressive in exploiting our energy resources as Canada or Great Britain or Norway that the Saudis would put oil on the market for 40 bucks a barrel and still make a killing. Yea, I know, since he’s in the oil business his credibility is less than that of an American Energy czar like Steven Chu who doesn’t even own a frikkin car, but there you go. I even remember a time when American liberals like Krugman wished upon stars that America was more like Canada or England or Norway politically. And let’s not forget that what we did in Libya was also a war for oil…English and French oil, that is. Syria, by the way, is oil poor.

  • 3 Novena // Mar 16, 2012 at 10:33 am

    UPike Decision: Politics or Professional Judgment?

    Now that a professional study has found that there is no need to make UPike a public college, what will the pols conjure up this time? Many politicians, at all government levels, are notorious for ignoring studies of educational issues. They’d rather do what they want, regardless of logic, good reasons, or empirical evidence.

  • 4 Jocko Flocko // Mar 16, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Novena, the conjuring is complete and successful for Patton University… more coal severance money is on it’s way to Pikeville. Maybe now Stumbo can end his jihad against Morehead State for daring to express their opinion. Those mountain boys play rough.

  • 5 Ed Marksberry // Mar 16, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Mark H, I like your points but to think Green Energy should have happened overnight is misguided.
    If you took away the gridlock and obstructionism we’ve had with political leaders like McConnell and could create a compromising atmosphere back in Washington, (note, I didn’t ask for bi-partisanship), we can have it both ways; a stronger more independent domestic energy policy while not turning a blind eye to the economic impact of present and future Green Energy.
    Love your posts, keep them up and I always learn something from them.

    Jocko Flocko, great point on Syria. Hope we don’t forget the human tragedy we watched Bosnia-Herzegovina, Rwanda or Darfur suffer because they didn’t have oil.

  • 6 Mark H (Not Hebert) // Mar 16, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Ed, it’s been 30 years and were not that much further along today than we were then.

    Look, unlike most Republicans, I think there is a role for government in helping develop alternative energies. The problem is that playing venture capitalist and stressing the existing system has shown itself to be ineffective.

    So what would I do if I were the benevolent dictator of the United States?

    1) Phase in an aggressive conversion (15-20 years) of electrical power plants and vehicles from petroleum and coal to natural gas-based energy sources.

    2) Take the money being spent on tax breaks being given for energy efficient products, and spend that money on R&D for safer fracking drilling, well casing, and wastewater pre-treatment technologies.

    3) Instead of funding specific alternative energy companies, create massive open-bid solicitations for specific technologies. The first bid would go out for the development of a home or commercial-based electrical catalytic fuel cell which would run off of natural gas and solar power. The fuel cell would allow the home or business to take itself off of the electrical grid. If General Dynamics can design a massive B2 bomber with the radar signature of a sparrow, I think they can figure out how to power a business or home.

    In general, we need to get away from focusing on plug-in electrical vehicles and convert them to natural gas or natural gas-hybrids. The reason is simple. New vehicle technologies are challenged by weight and size constraints, vibration, the potential for severe impacts, highly variable temperature swings, water immersion, and mobility. Ground-based technologies do not have the same challenges. Once the technologies become more dependable, and shrink (as they always do) then move them into vehicles.

    Sorry for the long post, but I think we would get to where we all want to go faster than the plan being used today. It also wouldn’t collapse the current economy like the current plan would do. I don’t buy into the belief that the only way to develop alternative energy is to destroy the current hydrocarbon market first.

  • 7 Mark H (Not Hebert) // Mar 16, 2012 at 11:54 am

    we’re no were…..I should proof my posts before I hit submit

  • 8 Ed Marksberry // Mar 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    blogosphere comes with free typo’s forgiveness clause automatically, I think?
    Great ideas on the natural gas, especially nationally, but to get anywhere with natural gas conversion here in Kentucky is going to be tough. i have a buddy who is president of a large natural gas company who can tell you, Coal’s got a hold on us.
    I through in a typo for you, can you find it?

  • 9 Mark H (Not Hebert) // Mar 16, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Even if coal would lag behind, keep it for large commercial and industrial use. Let’s go ahead and convert over vehicles, homes, and small businesses. The environmental impact is far less that those of coal and oil. You eliminate the petroleum refining bottleneck and high cost, and we could become energy independent in a very short period of time.

    My frustration is that many environmental proponents are trying to skip over the natural gas conversion because it is a fossil fuel. The problem is that the technology does not exist to jump beyond fossil fuels. As such, we are subsidizing and investing in completely non-scalable and insufficient sources like solar panels. We are trying to replace bulldozers by developing alternative hand trowels.

    The groundwater threats posed by fracking are being overblown, as were the risks posed by the XL Pipeline. Instead of using those risks to block development, let’s use them to force greater safety measures and greater R&D into safer practices.

    I won’t go into the technical reasons here, but suffice to say, dry cleaners currently pose an exponentially greater risk to groundwater quality than all of the gas fracking wells and the XL Pipeline combined. Once again, I’ll argue that groundwater quality concerns related to fracking are about as genuine as historical preservation concerns are to River Fields.

  • 10 Mark H (Not Hebert) // Mar 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    As a side point to those you argue that we cannot turn over alternative energy technology development to the Chinese. I say, go ahead and let them waste billions on solar panel development. If they develop a marketable technology, why don’t we just steal the technology after they develop it like they do with everything we develop here?