So, the high today is going to be twenty. We have, in our garage, a cord that you can plug in that supposedly goes to some doohickey on the pipes to keep them warm enough to keep them open. We have never tested said doohickey, so we don’t even know if it works. But, if ever we were going to try it, it seems like today would be the day (though I had water this morning, so…).
And yet, my power bill last month was almost twice what it was the month before, and I have not yet begun to pay for the TVA’s inability to foresee that people who run power plants need to keep them from destroying the lives of their customers…
And can I just sidetrack a minute and say that, while I in general believe that nuclear power is fine and wonderful and I have many dear friends who are where they are today because of bills nuclear power paid, if the TVA wasn’t going to do any better a job than they seem to be doing with our coal plants, thank the gods those are coal plants and not nuclear. It’s one thing–and don’t get me wrong a terrible thing–to make half-assed repairs on a coal plant because it’s less expensive, but you pull shit like that on a nuclear plant?
Here’s the thing. The TVA has been, in many, many respects, wonderful for the South and, by extension, wonderful for the country. And I am a hippie liberal and so I believe in government programs. But it may be that the TVA has served its purpose and that it’s now time to downgrade it from government behemoth to just another power company and open up the doors to competition.
There may be other power companies out there who can do it better, safer, and dare I say cheaper, and we ought to have the option of buying power from them.
Anyway, where was I? Plug the cord in on the off-chance it’ll help the pipes and pay whatever that might cost or just assume it doesn’t work and hope for the best?