What a difference a coast makes when viewing Obama budget

The lede on the Washington Post story, that was used in the Las Vegas newspaper, exclaims:

“President Obama’s $4 trillion budget request, packed with familiar proposals for new spending and higher taxes, landed Monday on the doorstep of a Republican Congress eager to end an era of political gridlock — giving Obama unexpected leverage in coming negotiations.”

The lede on the Los Angeles Times story on the same topic reads:

“President Obama released a $4-trillion budget Monday with liberal priorities that have little chance of passage but will serve as an initial foray in negotiations with the new Republican Congress and help define the Democratic Party in the run-up to the 2016 presidential race.”

So which is it? Unexpected leverage or little chance of passage?

Meanwhile, the Dallas Morning News tried to have it both ways:

“WASHINGTON — The $4 trillion budget that President Barack Obama released Monday is more utopian vision than pragmatic blueprint for his final years in office, but buried in the document are kernels of proposals that could take root even with a hostile Republican Congress.”

And the headline online at Townhall.com reads:

“Dead on Arrival: GOP Rejects Obama’s $4 Trillion Budget.”

Reid praises L.A.’s decision to purchase predictably overpriced solar power from Moapa facility for the next 25 years

After the Los Angeles City Council today approved a 25-year contract between the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and K Road Moapa Solar, which is building solar panels on Moapa Band of Paiute Indians tribal land north of Las Vegas, Sen. Harry Reid issued a gushing press release about the deal.

“I am pleased that the City of Los Angeles took action to secure a clean energy future by using affordable and predictably priced power from Nevada,” said Reid, not bothering to mention that the “predictably priced power” will cost the customers of LADWP 9.4 cents per kWh at a time when utilities are generating electricity from natural gas-fired turbines for about 2 cents a kWh.

Illustration of what the Moapa solar project may look like.

A story at kcet.org, written prior to the council approval, said the Moapa project is expected to add an additional 80 cents per month to the average residential power bill when it comes on line in 2016. The city had just the previous month OK’d rate hikes of $3.65 per month for residential customers and $15 for small commercial customers.

The story reported that the contract for 250 megawatts of power met the approval of the city’s ratepayer advocate Fred Pickel. He was quoted as saying the contract price  is about half what it has been in other recent large-scale solar projects. California law requires utilities to use 33 percent renewable power by 2020.

Reid’s press release continues:

“By investing in a long-term relationship with a clean energy producer Los Angeles will be able to provide clean power to more than 118,000 homes. This public-private-tribal partnership is a powerful example about the benefits clean energy can bring to Nevada’s economy and the project is expected to create 400 jobs during peak construction and 15-20 permanent jobs. Unlike the old, dirty technologies used at the nearby Reid-Gardner coal plant, this new solar project will not emit any hazardous emissions, wastes, or carbon pollution. (Reid takes still another dig at the Reid-Gardner plant and its operator NV Energy and fails to take into account the highly toxic byproducts from the production of solar panels or how they will be disposed of when their lifespan is complete.)

“In building out K Road’s solar capabilities in Nevada, hundreds of clean energy jobs will be created. (Using taxpayer subsidies for construction and forcing ratepayers to pay higher bills takes money out of the private sector that probably could’ve produced twice as many jobs, according to numerous studies.) By beginning the process of working towards energy independence, the Moapa Band of Paiutes will have a unique opportunity to strengthen their local economy.”

Someone should put that to music:

When I think of all the worries people seem to find
And how they’re in a hurry to complicate their mind
By chasing after money and dreams that can’t come true
I’m glad that we are different, we’ve better things to do
May others plan their future, I’m busy lovin’ you (1-2-3-4)
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today
And don’t worry ’bout tomorrow, hey, hey, hey
Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for today
Live for today

Let future generations worry about how to pay for it.