TVA puts national security atrisk

TVA has a history of breached security
April 17, 2016

The operative question is: Who in TVA authorized the hiring the Chinese nuclear engineer? Do you think “heads will roll” at TVA? The answer is probably not; TVA let a native Iranian nuclear engineer get away with millions before he was caught apparently laundering money through a Canadian bank.
When will a negligent Congress step up and stop the run-away TVA from more irreparable damage to America? Congress has no oversight over TVA.
You say, TVA needs no congressional appropriations, why bother? The TVA Act of 1933 was so loosely drawn that managers at TVA see it any way they want to. Results so far have cost somebody billions of wasted dollars and security risks to our country.

I have said this before but apparently not loud enough, WHEN WILL RESPONSIBLE LEADERSHIP STAND UP AND CALL FOR THE REPEAL OF THE TVA ACT?
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Isn’t it about time we closed out this unfortunate experiment?

Norsworthy Opinion

TVA – competent to handle nuclear reactors?

TVA – competent to handle nuclear reactors?
April 12, 2016

Rarely is the time when nuclear subs fail, even after decades of use. The small nuclear reactor seems like a new proposition just discovered by TVA. Their plan to construct a small nuclear reactor facility in Tennessee is another insane move by TVA, among many such bungles in the past. Think of the Bellefonte nuclear plant in Alabama that was under construction for over forty years before they decided it was outdated and unnecessary anyway, they say.

TVA abandoned a $4.5 billion dollar nuclear jobs program, well that is what it turns out to be and it’s not over yet. Much unwinding has to be done including an attempt to sell something comparable to selling a Model T Ford. But hey, an old Ford might be worth more than the hulk of a cannibalized nuclear plant!

Typical of the federal government is that the several agencies and departments covet their turf more than they want to cooperate with each other. Perhaps TVA ignored the knowledge well available at the Navy Department; they’ve been manufacturing SNR’s for decades. TVA is not smart enough to front for the private companies that want to build subsidized reactors.

There is proof enough, however, that TVA should never again undertake a program as risky, dangerous and complicated with uncertain results as a nuclear reactor. No matter the size.

Norsworthy Opinion

Declaration of Independence from the TVA

TVA analogy to Declaration of Independence
April 9, 2016

The following was written to a correspondent several years ago on the 4th of July and it is obvious that the Constitution needs to take the further step, as you suggest, to amend it; Article 5, by the States. The wording of the Amendment may or may not consider the formation of a New State.

In any case, it would be a daunting task. I believe there is plenty of support for such an Amendment showing the federal government that the States are sovereign and cannot be overrun with rules and regulations from Washington. Many States have a bone to pick with the feds.

Shall we venture further down this road that is full of potholes? I say, yes.

Your comments already on this indicate to me you are willing to go the second mile.



This is an example of how the “king,” now the federal government, is like the King of England nearly 300 years ago. With deep honor, this play on words is used to see what was fought against then is becoming applicable today with the insidious tentacles of the TVA throughout the Tennessee River Valley region.”

Under the cover of the Tennessee Valley Authority, a federal agency, it has manipulated about $10 billion a year to their own purposes often to the detriment of TVA’s 4.6 million ratepayers.”

Declaration of Independence from the TVA

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for the people of the Tennessee Valley Authority Territory to dissolve the political bands called for in the U.S. Constitution who are entitled to a decent respect to the opinions of the residents therein, that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self evident that the ratepayers of TVA should not bear the burdens of inefficient management and wasteful spending heretofore exhibited in a $25 billion debt owed by all ratepayers.

That gross negligence of TVA management has resulted in additional billions of dollars required to be paid by ratepayers that should not have been incurred.

That while previous managers of TVA held down expenses to provide lower than usual electricity rates, present management under the new Board of Directors structure recently approved by the Congress has shown a complete disregard of ratepayers’ concerns.

That when any form of government becomes destructive of the just powers of the people governed by the TVA, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.

That government programs long established such as the TVA should not be changed for light and transient causes. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government.

Such has been the patient sufferance of approximately 9 million citizens in parts of seven sovereign states in the Southeastern United States; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their relationship with the Tennessee Valley Authority. The history of the present TVA is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the continued establishment of an absolute monopoly. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid remaining 43 United States.

Through the TVA Act of 1933, it prohibits the governors in seven states to enact legislation that would require approval of those states before electricity rates could be increased; large districts of people relinquish their right of representation in their several legislatures, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

The TVA Board of Directors has held meetings at places unusual and distant from the depository of their public records in Atlanta, Georgia, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with their measures.

TVA has erected a multitude of offices and sent hither swarms of officers to harass the people in the TVA Territory.

TVA has kept among the people a police force without the consent of the seven legislatures.

TVA has combined with others to subject the people to a jurisdiction foreign to State Constitutions, and unacknowledged by State laws.

• For imposing taxes upon the people through electricity rates without the consent of the people in seven states;

• For abolishing the free system of laws in a neighboring State, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging the boundaries to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these States.

Norsworthy Opinion

TVA -a faux competition

TVA – a faux competition
April 8, 2016

Is this TVA’s backdoor to claiming competition in the electric utility field? Maybe someone needs to explain to TVA that it is a federal government agency. TVA crosses that Constitutional line when it makes wild assumptions about “competition.” You probably remember the old saw; “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” Try as TVA might, it cannot say it is a competitive business just as no business can claim to be part of the federal government. Can TVA “partner” with a competitive business and therefore claim to be part of that entrepreneurial venture and exercise some control over it? Is TVA playing a game pretending to be “competitive”?

For years, TVA has declared it is “self-sufficient,” that it needs no funding from the Congress. Is TVA afraid to ask for any appropriations?

I have propounded a concept where the TVA production of electricity becomes part of the free market; would completely sever the federal connection. This idea would have eligible production employees’ shift to the free-market Company or companies and on choosing they would no longer be federal employees. They could try and stay with the original TVA which would then continue to do all the peripheral and non-energy production it has been doing. Doubtless, Congressional appropriations will be required to pay for these remnants if Congress agrees; maybe shift some of TVA’s present chores to other more capable state or federal agencies.

First, a majority of TVA employees would have to vote whether or not to break away from TVA (not necessarily from the federal government.) The new company, with its new board and CEO, must figure out how many electricity customers it is able to keep by each (if more than one new utility.) Each of TVA’s present sovereign states must approve the electricity rates by their rate-approval authorities, i.e., PSC’s for any utility company serving their state.

Because TVA as a federal agency has bragged for many years of its “self-sufficiency” by going deeper and deeper in debt, another alternative for the privatizing of TVA would be to quickly and cleanly turn over production of all electricity to the “new” TVA with their electrical production employees to form a new free-market Company or companies which would require approval of each of the seven sovereign states in the present TVA territory.

I have discussed this concept in earlier articles of Norsworthy Opinion

Have any comments?

Norsworthy Opinion

Here are a few things Congress can fix right now:

• Of the tens of thousands of federal employees the CEO of TVA makes million more than any of them
• TVA oversight committees and sub committees need to wake up and recognize how wildly and inappropriately TVA has been operated
• A large swath of the South is being controlled by non-elected representatives. TVA customers have no path to appealing electricity rates
• Since the TVA is run by non-elected and part time political appointees Congress must put a leash on runaway TVA – NOW
• Check the records; the constitutionality of TVA has never been challenged, only the validity of a contract

EN 4/8/16

TVA -Ha, ’tis spring with many parks to open

TVA – Ha, ‘tis spring with many parks to open
April 4, 2016

As usual, TVA tends to change the subject and forgets that its primary job is producing electricity, not providing better hiking trails. In fact, there are many other federal agencies NOT getting into selling electricity. Eaten up with debt, there is no way out for TVA but liquidation. This is a long story of self-destruction through politics, Washington policing and conniving by a puppet TVA “board” that was elected by no one.

With a $10 billion budget and a recently floated billion dollar bond, it’s no wonder it smells like the freedom of spring-green in the air; money to burn and having fun tiptoeing through the tulips. Alas, TVA ratepayers are left wondering when and how much electricity rates will zoom through the roof what with all the frivolous spending by TVA. Congress chooses not to halter that runaway horse since there are no appropriations requiring a vote. And TVA is scared to death Congress will assert its proper oversight role.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of coal miners and their families are being deprived of honest work because of an ideology which insists that “climate change” (a dubious assumption) is imminent and that America is causing it. First, there is nothing factual about the CC charge and is driven only by a liberal-based ideology. With that kind of thinking, the consequences of that action doesn’t matter to the ideologue.

Ah, well, its spring and that matters most…

Norsworthy Opinion

TVA – watch out the fact train is coming

TVA – watch out the fact train is coming

Half myth and lies abound. TVA is run by non-elected people appointed by the president and not confirmed by anybody. Control is directly from Washington and completely ignores the sovereignty of seven states in the 80,000 sq. miles of the FDR designated territory. Step back a bit and look at the whacky reasoning behind FDR’s attempt to have “little TVA’s” all over the country; to attempt to introduce a socialized America to a “fish nor fowl” society.

A gullible electorate swallowed a contract dispute of whether TVA could sell surplus electricity or not; and voila!, we have this indescribable anomaly known as the TVA, unlike any other federal entity. Here are some facts to ponder:

• TVA recently floated a billion dollar bond, free and clear
• There were no directions of how the billion dollars is to be spent
• TVA has gone on a spree in dropping money on non-electricity projects such as a bridge for hikers; why not follow that up with golf carts? (Making it too easy for hikers spoils the idea of just hiking; anyway, why is TVA usurping other agencies whose role is maintaining parks and recreational facilities?)
• TVA started out selling electricity. Now electricity is barely mentioned as its main reason for existence
• TVA pays for the power produced by a solar system. Who pays to subsidize it? Does the subsidy come from that billion dollar bond? Ratepayers?
• DOE says it will help pay for wind-driven DC power from a 1000 miles away to a hub in Memphis where TVA is to build an AC converter. Is this partly subsidized by TVA from the billion dollar bond?
• With declining sales, TVA receives about $10 billion annually from ratepayers in Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi.
• Not very successfully, TVA tries to keep rates to 155 distributors and others “competitive” by bonded indebtedness and otherwise skirting the $30 billion cap set by congress
• The TVA motto is “kill coal” and the thousands of jobs so important in this economy by claiming “climate change,” an ideology that does not understand that a clear Utopia-land required by EPA is only imaginary. EPA does not connect a single dot of their many suppositions with realities. Very weak congressional leadership refuses to stop EPA in their relentless quest to have a pristine America. And likewise, TVA.

It is amazing how one federal agency, TVA, can warp a region, a whole economy with misbegotten, misdirected government policy.

Norsworthy Opinion

TVA – taxpayer and ratepayer delight!

TVA – taxpayer and ratepayer delight!
March 24, 2016

• Expression of cynicism, no, an expression of facts.
• NRC gathers hearsay from TVA employees that safety reporting has been squelched.
• NRC does not report how much taxpayer money has been spent researching what they “heard” from TVA employees.
• NRC doesn’t say how long it took them to finally send TVA a “chilling” letter.
• Personally, I know from former and present TVA employees that intimidation is a tool TVA uses to blunt criticism of TVA.
• I know of one TVA employee that was intimidated into retiring early because he complained about safety issues. He found a hangman’s noose in his workplace desk drawer and became fearful for his family.
• NRC’s pontifications spurred them into writing the “chilling” letter to TVA. My, NRC is too far behind the curve to ever catch up.
• Meanwhile, TVA is doing what it has been doing for many decades.
• Bad government following a worse one leads to one conclusion; privatize!

Norsworthy Opinion