TVA – has highest paid civil servant in history?
June 8, 2016
Stemming the national debt is like trying to fight back the tide; it’s futile with a wild-spending administration. When will the bubble burst? It grows like unstoppable kudzu under a Congress without brakes. Kudzu was brought to us as a remedy for gully-washing in the soil of the South.
Good idea? Good federal idea? Hardly, kudzu has left an indelible scar on the land. Fast growing even on poor land, kudzu is indestructible and it eventually will destroy everything it touches including trees and buildings. Kudzu is so very typical of the federal government.
Analogous is the TVA now grown so wild that only a handful of non-elected people run unabated with a $10 billion income utility. And TVA is headed by the highest paid federal employee in history, $6 million annually. I believe most Americans think this is outrageous!
But this misses the main point. TVA claims it is “competitive” with other non-government electric utilities. Do they want to stifle free enterprise through a government agency?
TVA – nuclear, just to boil and pressurize water?
June 6, 2016
After “many moons,” as the Indians may once have said; named after an Indian creek, Watts Bar II nuclear reactor was not stillborn like its partner Bellefonte nuclear in Alabama.
TVA, crowing that it has the “honor” of finishing the last reactor last century and the first to finish one (Watts Bar II) 16 years into this century, is useless hyperbole. In fact, it’s a disgrace. Way beyond TVA’s competence, coupled with TVA’s plans to design and build small nuclear reactors, another crazy idea except to preserve jobs and after spending over $4.5 billion over 40 years on the now obsolete Bellefonte reactors, the project has been abandoned and put on the auction block. The outcome of the auction of 1600 acres and plant is dubious.
Likewise, Watts Bar II begun in 1996 shows all the signs of hardening of the arteries. It looks like it may be another year before all testing is complete before merging all of its power into the TVA grid. By then, TVA will have produced far too much electricity.
And now, perhaps because of a ploy by TVA or just plain weakness or uncertain fear of management (“fear itself”), “comments” on TVA’s proposed actions are becoming more and more prolific. What’s wrong is that TVA has the shakes and is fearful of being abolished. TVA questions the competence of its own management and to proceed with the projects.