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Re: “Want to Sign the Q Deal Referendum? Here's How

Great to have this information, thank you very much for posting.

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Posted by AdamHall on 05/19/2017 at 8:45 AM

Re: “Decoding the Cleveland Prestige Machine

Nearly all of these lists, surveys. and rankings come out of the same place...the back end of a horse...because they are generated by horses' asses who poop out that same tired horse crap, year after year after year, much of it heavily weighted toward the glitzier cities...the usual. Boston-NYC-Miami-LA-Seattle-San Francisco crap. It's offal!

Forty essential restaurants...thirty best brew pubs...top ten public toilets...when desperate for a story that's all too easy to put together (and puts the reader to sleep)...just fall back on the "numbers game"...as all the other websites do...forty coolest beach towns on the planet... top ten ballparks...blah blah blah.

All editors and writers do this when in a jam and on deadline (been there, done both), and it's really old, stale, and lame. Pointless, mindless, meaningless click-bait, bait-and-switch stories...and all of it should just be ignored.

Then there are the 33 reasons college grads should move here...or there...or wherever...followed by the ten paradise beaches they should walk on. Surveys, lists, numbered rankings. It's all the same hype and horse manure., designed to make people feel better about where they ended up living.

Please, SCENE, please, PLEASE don't start doing the numbered lists and/or "good stuff" about NE Ohio, compared to elsewhere.. Or ranking the cities and bragging or complaining about where Cleveland sits on those lists.

If one wants to read endless numbered lists and shlep through those annoying slideshows that are designed specifically to increase the number of "clicks"... go search out the zillion travel websites, or subscribe to Cleveland Magazine or Lake Erie Living.

Give us a break! Don't follow that stupid trend here! Please? PLEASE?

COMING UP NEXT: One hundred and one things to do this summer...one a day, every day, between Memorial Day and Labor Day...oh, wait, the PD already did that. Or was it Ohio Magazine? Probably both.

Gotta tell ya, though...SCENE'S Cleveland bucket lists were fun, and cool. A hundred things every Clevelander needs to do before they die. Eighty down, twenty to go, if I counted right. Not bad for having been here just 25 years.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 05/18/2017 at 11:50 PM

Re: “Scientists, Business Leaders Urge Amazon's Jeff Bezos to Save Ohio's Nuclear Power Plants

Ok... So Ohio is pleading with a REAL entrepreneur to intervene in their own little energy crisis.

Ironic, no?

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Posted by Cornman on 05/18/2017 at 10:22 PM

Re: “Intoxicated Ohio Man Charged After Son is Sunburned at Disney World

This woman is delusional and that man should never be near that child again.

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Posted by Squid on 05/18/2017 at 9:40 PM

Re: “Best German Restaurant

You mean Schnitzel Haus for best German? I get the party aspect of hofbrauhaus but the food doesn't compare.

Posted by Igor Djurin on 05/18/2017 at 9:15 PM

Re: “Scientists, Business Leaders Urge Amazon's Jeff Bezos to Save Ohio's Nuclear Power Plants

Jim Hopf makes a fair point. I did present absolute numbers as a contrast to cents per KWh. That's because the absolute numbers can be verified, and I have no idea how anyone might justify something like the 12 cent per KWh claim in the article. IF you look at the Federal subsidies for solar power you will realize that they are delivered for a fraction of the life of the facility. So they seem like two and a fraction cents per KWh only if you ignore the larger part of the facility's life during which no subsidy is provided.

Similarly, the Ohio subsidy hasn't been reported for 2016. In 2015 the subsidy might have been close to 12 cents per KWh, but again, only if you ignore the fact that this subsidy is concentrated in the first year and is an incentive to build new photovoltaics rather than a payment per KWh for the life of the project. When the Ohio Republicans froze the renewables standard starting in 2015 the market for solar credits crashed, and is not even reported at the present time.

Both wind and solar costs have fallen below that of new fossil resources. Rooftop solar is still expensive compared to wholesale coal or natural gas generation, but utility scale solar is cheaper. Even in Ohio where the sun is only 60% as bright as it is in New Mexico and Arizona. New nuclear power is so insanely expensive, upwards of 18 cents per KWh, that the only two new nuclear plants under construction in the U.S. were deeply dependent on subsidies. Now that Westinghouse Nuclear has collapsed these plants are likely to fail. The Westinghouse collapse may affect the Ohio plants, but it's not clear.

Over the last eight years Ohio utilities have spent close to $1.2 billion on efficiency. The numbers for 2016 were released this week but I won't get to them for another week or so. The PUCO has not added up the capacity savings produced by this spending since 2014, but in 2014 it was 1350 MW's. By contrast, Davis Besse is nominally 890 MW's, and Perry is 1230 MW's. The efficiency was not directed specifically at saving capacity, but rather had a mixed purpose of energy savings, capacity savings and distribution of benefits among customers classes. Current spending is obviously going to take a while to displace both plants since it has already displaced one of them, but it has also displaced new growth, rebound from the recession, and possibly more, it doesn't have a net impact that could be directed to the nuclear plants alone. But $265 million per year, directed at capacity savings, could easily displace both plants in addition to the current savings. It would take about five or six years to do so if the money were well spent and properly regulated, which means giving FirstEnergy a share of the savings after the savings have been verified by an independent evaluator - the same process which exists today for their much smaller efficiency budget. They spent about $27 million of the $140 million in statewide efficiency spending in 2015.

Perry and Davis Besse, and the FirstEnergy Beaver Valley plants near Pittsburgh are not new nuclear plants. They are plants nearing the end of their safe operating life, with a range of concerns which ought to justify closing Davis Besse first, Perry second, and the Beaver Valley plants afterwards, unless current information changes.

Once rates are set, a utility is free to allocate them as it sees fit. Under Ohio law, FirstEnergy is a distribution company which is free to buy from any provider and most of the power delivered by FirstEnergy does not come from FirstEnergy. Ohio customers pay fair rates, and efficiency, wind and solar operate in this context. Wind and solar have subsidies which are going to be phased out soon, and are a tiny fraction of the $265 million FirstEnergy wants each year, or the $200 million the PUCO tried to give it, which other customer groups have held up.

I don't expect general news publications to be willing to carry the whole story about Ohio's energy picture. This exchange is halfway between the story and what we ought to have somewhere - a true dialogue between people who understand the facts.

$1 billion in efficiency spending has created over $10 billion in energy savings. Close to $5 billion of that has already been realized, and the other half will be delivered by hardware already installed in homes and businesses and factories but not already finished its service life. The Renewables spending in Ohio cost about $275 million over eight years. That caused over $2.5 billion in investment in new wind turbines, new solar facilities, and new factories to build parts for them. Ohio is one of the strongest manufacturing states in the U.S. and would have a large role in renewables manufacturing even if the Ohio Republicans continue to vote against the public interest. But we all ought to know what the public interest is. This proposal, this letter, and the idea of propping up the aging nuclear fleet is not in the public interest.

I'm a life-long environmentalist who cares intensely about climate and carbon. I have long recognized that we will have to replace the nuclear fleet. It's cheaper to do so than to keep it operating, and all we need to do to cut carbon as fast as possible is recognize that this adds about 20% to the electric sector challenge which carbon presents anyways.

The electricity sector is going to have huge opportunities as we develop more cheap renewables and find ways to use them to displace vehicle fuel , building space and water heating, and certain industrial processes. The sooner we get this straight the faster we will make our share of the huge profits which someone is going to make in the next several decades.

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Posted by Ned Ford on 05/18/2017 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Inside the Biggest Heroin Bust in Northeast Ohio History

I dont know how I missed such an article or story either. I just read this & watched the movie, video and all. I must say there are other ppl in CLEVE getting way more money than these guys. Jack boys & Dope boys (not justifying it) but, what they were caught with when the sting was over was merely peanuts. The only thing this click did wrong was being to damn flashy. Social media & being a bit sloppy were definitely their demise. The police posing as reporters to get info, umm isnt that something like entrapment? These boys will be back at it upon release with more connects than ever. (Jail or prison is just another way to learn how to do new things or do them in a different way, if your not ready to change) It doesnt change a person. A person changes a person! & all the overdoses the police sat back and watched for over 2 years..smh..I guess the indictments were more important..smh!

Posted by mzdeekiss on 05/18/2017 at 6:45 PM

Re: “23-Year-Old Logan Fahey, Former Bloom Bakery GM, to Challenge Kerry McCormack in Ward 3

Great news - we need someone to run against Brancatelli.

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Posted by lmcshane on 05/18/2017 at 6:40 PM

Re: “Scientists, Business Leaders Urge Amazon's Jeff Bezos to Save Ohio's Nuclear Power Plants

Nobody has mentioned the nuclear waste that remains on site at Davis Besse and other nuclear plants that will remain dangerous forever and a day. The fuel rods that are too hot to go into dry casks are kept in fuel rod storage pool where they have to be cooled with pumped water. The pumped storage pools , have they been "re-wracked" ,, puts the rods closer together due to storage space limits. The rods burn hotter as they wait for the day when they can just be kept for an eternity in dry guarded dry casks. The utility companys' own Edison Institute report claims that solar power will emerge as the biggest threat to the utility company's current profit model. So they decided to destroy solar in Ohio and other states by giving lots of money to the Ohio house and senate, and same in many other states. Edison Institute report recognized that solar power keeps getting cheaper. The utilitys decided to impede solar, instead of owning it. That was and is their decision, as they beg for money for nuclear plants that are really dangerous and raise our electric bills. Their incredible arrogance is due to always getting their way with Ohio government.

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Posted by Bosco on 05/18/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Shaker Heights Man Accused of Exposing Himself, Taking Explicit Videos at Jack Casino

Hahaha. Shaker heights used to be a high class place. Look what's living there now.

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Posted by SH on 05/18/2017 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Scientists, Business Leaders Urge Amazon's Jeff Bezos to Save Ohio's Nuclear Power Plants

How is nuclear considered clean energy? What about all that waste it produces that is gonna be around for a long time?

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Posted by xx on 05/18/2017 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Cleveland Teens Carjack Limousine, Broadcast Joy Ride on Facebook Live

i am shocked that his has happened. I am also shocked that similar stories keep popping up everywhere around the world like this we need positive portrayals of limousine companies. Wow this is actually very accurate portrayal of limos i am impressed like these guys portrayals of limos -> Limousine Paso Robles also accurate.

Posted by Jacob on 05/18/2017 at 4:42 PM

Re: “Summer Opening Planned for Crust/Visible Voice Property in Tremont

I miss Sammy Catania - he got deals done like nobody else

Posted by Margy Russell Judd on 05/18/2017 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Scientists, Business Leaders Urge Amazon's Jeff Bezos to Save Ohio's Nuclear Power Plants

If we can't eliminate all subsidies for all forms of electricity generation (my preferred option), then we should at least level the playing field so it is a fair competition. Ohio's nuclear plants safely generate electricity without air pollution (unlike natural gas and especially coal), provide thousands of high-paying jobs, boost the economy, and they are reliable (unlike solar and wind). Plus they generate power affordably, which is why they require only a fraction of the subsidies per kW/hr compared to wind/solar. As an Ohioan and a radiation safety professional (with no ties to the nuclear industry), I urge our lawmakers preserve safe, clean, reliable, affordable nuclear energy in our state.

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Posted by Brant Ulsh on 05/18/2017 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Marc's Is Giving Credit Cards a Trial Run in Strongsville

It's being cheap and greedy to not suck up the 2.5% loss. Ever wonder how much business they lost over the years by not accepting credit cards? I'm sure it's well over the 2.5%.

Posted by Chris Barker on 05/18/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Scientists, Business Leaders Urge Amazon's Jeff Bezos to Save Ohio's Nuclear Power Plants

Jim Hopf- very well said. 100% agree.

I live in far western Ohio-- California. It's my air too ya know!

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Posted by Tim Larson on 05/18/2017 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Scientists, Business Leaders Urge Amazon's Jeff Bezos to Save Ohio's Nuclear Power Plants

It shouldn't take a rocket surgeon to realize the insanity and damage of shutting down perfectly good nuclear plants. All they want is 1/6 the subsidy given to solar infrastructure.. Renewable industry is against this because it will make VRE (variable renewable energy) look weak compared to the magnitude of nuclear fission.. The natural gas industry is against it because they know that nuclear is a THREAT to the existence of fossil fuel empire. People better read the fine print and wise up.. Its a "bailout" but so what? 90% of the state's clean energy, 3.4e6 cars, or 14% of the composite energy. if they go down, we get 0% clean energy..

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Posted by Bryan Hallez on 05/18/2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Scientists, Business Leaders Urge Amazon's Jeff Bezos to Save Ohio's Nuclear Power Plants

Ned Ford challenges the per kW-hr renewables subsidy quoted in the environmentalist's letter, but doesn't state what he thinks the actual per kW-hr subsidy is. Instead, he launches into a discussion of absolute subsidy amounts. This is an example of intellectual dishonesty. It's the per kW-hr subsidy that matters. If the (proposed) absolute nuclear subsidies are larger than those given to renewables, despite a much smaller per kW-hr subsidy, that tells you just how much non-polluting electricity these plants are generating, vs. all renewable energy in the state. That large amount of non-polluting generation is something of large, tangible value, and the market should reflect that.

Ford goes on to make three laughably false statements. First, that spending only $265 million on conservation would save more electricity than these plants generate. Second, that keeping these nuclear plants open would be the MOST expensive means of reducing CO2 emissions. And third, that renewable energy could provide most of the state's power, despite their intermittentcy limitations.

How about putting those assertions to a genuine market test (as opposed to having policies that give huge subsidies to renewables only, and/or outright mandates for renewables use, regardless of cost)? That is, either give nuclear the same treatment as renewables (same subsidies, inclusion in mandates), or eliminate all such subsidies and mandates, and instead put a tax/price on CO2 emissions and air pollution, and let the market decide how to respond. (In essence that's all that the environmentalists' letter was requesting, i.e., to give nuclear similar treatment as renewables). If we did have such an even handed policy, I'm not sure that new nuclear plants would be built, but I can assure you that existing plants would not be closing.

The truth, contrary to Ford's Orwellian (180-degrees-false) statement, is that keeping existing nuclear plants operating is the *least* expensive means of CO2 emissions reduction you will find. Evidence of this is the fact that these plants are only requesting 1-2 cents/kW-hr subsidy, whereas renewables projects get much higher overall subsidies than that.

Again, a genuine market test, which allows nuclear and renewables to compete on a fair playing field, would show which is the cheaper option. Such enlightened policies (i.e., putting a price on CO2 and pollution and letting the market respond) would also give conservation its full due, as the resulting increase in electricity cost would provide the proper incentive to conserve. Finally, under such a policy, the market would determine how much renewables could be added before their intermittentcy results in costs that make them uncompetitive with other clean energy options.

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Posted by Jim Hopf on 05/18/2017 at 12:46 PM

Re: “16-year-old girl: My disappointing encounter with Scott Weiland, rock star asshole

Scott wouldn't have given a fuck if your 16 year old ass got hit by his cigarette lol....Go to a pop 40 concert and eat it up.

Posted by DieYuppieScum on 05/18/2017 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival Tour Coming to Blossom in September

Willie Nelson is an American treasure -- Last of the Breed, indeed.

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Posted by LakeErieSeaGulls on 05/18/2017 at 10:55 AM

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