Brookstone’s Failure Should Send a Message to the NH Legislature About Biomass Bailouts

by Steve MacDonald September 7, 2018

At the end of August, I shared an email from a reader who suggested that New Hampshire’s choice of tax policies was somehow tied to a series of business failures (some pending), one of which was Brookstone, a niche specialty items chain that has corporate offices in Merrimack (ack-ack), New Hampshire. Brookstone is failing, yes. But is it […]

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Quick Thought: Not so much “free market”, eh Tom, when you want others to pay for “weeding your garden”?

by Skip August 25, 2018

So, Tom Thomson (son of Gov. Thomson of “low spending yields low taxes” fame) who for years was the honorary chair of AFP-NH which argues for Free Markets, has decided to go the Full Monty and arguing that electric rate payers (that would be you and I) should pay for his timber to be cut […]

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Yes, Jim Rubens and I had a bit of a dust up over his calling for Corporate Welfare

by Skip July 12, 2018

Steve alluded to it here and I DID have the intention of putting up the thread but, well, with the start of putting in new technology, things rolled off my “table” as it were. It was all about Gov. Sununu doing the right thing and denying wood electrical generational plants a subsidy.  No, not one […]

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Sanctioning Government Plunder and Big Money in Politics

by Steve MacDonald July 11, 2018

You probably didn’t know this but in an offline thread Skip and Jim Rubens traded debate ‘punches’ on Mr. Sununu’s veto of Biomass subsidies. We have opposed the plunder. Mr. Rubens considered the Biomass bailout to be worthwhile. In an email, via Jim, Jim gives a nod to that debate and perhaps others and then defends his […]

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Jay Matthews – reconsider your “Wood Welfare” please

by Skip July 6, 2018

I just read Steve’s post North Country “Wood Welfare” and went to the NHPR article he links to and pulled this additional quote from “beleagured” logger Jay Matthews “I’m concerned with my electrical bill like anybody, but … I think we’d probably be better off paying a little more money in our rate and then […]

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The NH Legislature’s Latest Protection Racket

by Steve MacDonald April 8, 2018

You’ve seen movies where a couple of Goodfellas in suits show up at a business and the proprietor, looking uncomfortable, hands them a bag of cash. New Hampshire has this too. Some nicely dressed guys (and girls) are using the state legislature to force a business to extract protection money from you. (Again.) This time around it’s […]

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Why Are NH Republicans Voting to Make Electricity More Expensive?

by Steve MacDonald June 7, 2017

New Hampshire Senate Bill 129 will make New Hampshire’s already high electric rates higher. So why are a majority of Republicans in the State House and State Senate supporting this bill? Your guess is as good as mine. I get why Democrats support it. It uses government force and taxpayer dollars to prop up expensive […]

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State Using PUC and Eversource to Prop up The North Country

by Steve MacDonald May 18, 2017

New Hampshire Business review has an enlightening–though not surprising–article today about how a PUC-approved contract from 2011 requires Eversource customers to prop up the NH timber industry and the Berlin Biomass Plant. It is “probable” that sometime in 2019 customers who buy their electricity from Eversource will have paid $100 million more than necessary since 2014 […]

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Can Charlie be “Energy Independent”?

by Tom June 14, 2010

I recently read an article claiming that "biomass" energy will produce more greenhouse gasses than coal over the next 40 years. Basically, biomass energy is the process of harvesting, then burning/incinerating wood and other plant (sometimes animal) products.  In addition to wood, the biomass plant category includes corn, hemp, and sugarcane.  The act of harvesting can include […]

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