Tuesday, June 30, 2009
As Randy Pacheco and Joel Baker start installing major components for our 3KW Solar Voltaic electrical system I thought I would give you a little financial analysis that we did for this project. Most of the numbers are derived from our annual usage of electricity. We had been paying for premium wind power but will no longer do so.
The negotiated cost of the system we are installing is $23,944. 30% of that total or $7,183 will be returned to us via a federal tax credit at the end of the year. Another 10% or $2,394 will be returned to us from a New Mexico tax credit at the end of the year. So, we get the system for $14,366. Also, we will not have to pay gross receipts tax because of a new law passed by the legislature. That saves another $1,400 or so.Now, we need to calculate the payback for that amount of cash we are shelling out. This is the work sheet provided by our installer, Sunergy. Click on it to make it big.
Essentially it shows a 10 year payback for our investment at today's electricity rates. We can be pretty sure as rates go up that the payback will occur sooner. Also, we will cause our contribution of CO2 moving to the atmosphere to be reduced by almost 4 tons per year.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Go with the Flow
We had concluded our meetings in DC about 2 PM on Friday and I raced back to the Double Tree Hotel to watch the debate on CSPAN. The hotel's cable system did not have it. I then started looking at CNN, HLN, Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC and none of them were carrying it. They were spending their time on the death of Michael Jackson. There was a continuing loop of Jackson's body in a helicopter for several hours.
Now, this is bizarre. While the most important piece of legislation dealing with the future of the planet was being debated, flawed as it is, the only thing America's Journalists could conjure up were nauseous stories about the talented rock star and films of him grabbing his crotch and doing the moon walk.
Life is too short.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Bobbi and I will be back tomorrow.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Flower vs. Power
Sunday, June 21, 2009
There and Back Again
Friday, June 19, 2009
Into the South
Thursday, June 18, 2009
He needs to make sure that the rest of his folks get confirmed soon. We are almost 6 months into the administration and too many people are still awaiting the go a head on taking their jobs. At Interior they still need to get the BLM Director in office. I understand that won't be until August. That is not good because I know for a fact that some bush holdovers in that agency are up to no good.
However, New Mexico is well represented at the Interior Department. Here are those who have recieved confirmable and non confirmable appointments. Ned Farquhar-Deputy Assistant Secretrary of Lands and Mineral Managment, Sylvia Baca-Deputy Assistant Secretrary of Lands and Mineral Managment, Ray Rivera-Head of the External and Intergovernmental Affairs Dept., Hilary Tompkins as Interior's Solicitor, and a few others who will be named soon.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Same ole...Same ole
Anyway...it sounds a lot like the arguments against a new health care system, doesn't it? The old system works just fine?
Eating less meat would probably help in both instances cited above, but those sirloins from Costco are too good!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
They recently did a story on their "Diners Drive-ins and Dives" show that featured Celia's New Mexican Food at 6th and Silver in Downtown Albuquerque. (Owned and operated by Celia Baca.) I went there this mid morning for Huevos Rancheros(RED). It was excellent as always. I pop in there every week or so and have been doing so for some time.
Today a family of 8 came in to eat. The patriarch announced they had come all the way from Texas to eat there. I felt like saying..."this isn't TexMex crap...prepare yourselves." But I didn't. Actually, this is the second time I have seen this happen. A few weeks ago a guy about my age was sitting there and he heard someone call me Mr. Baca. He came over to introduce himself and he was also a Baca from the Santa Fe area. He has lived for the last 30 years in Georgia and he comes back with his wife to visit every summer. He also had seen the show and wanted to try Celia's great food.
We got to talking and it turns out he has been working on an incredible family tree that includes my family. He sent back his research to me when he returned to Georgia. It is incredible work!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
One of my favorite people at the Governor's office was Hilary Tompkins. She was counsel to the Governor for a few years before having a baby and staying home for a while. She is now suffering through a horrendous confirmation fight in the US Senate to be named Solicitor of the Department of Interior. Wingnut republicans keep putting 'holds' on her confirmation vote for little reason other than to show they still can screw things up. They say it isn't personal, but I can tell you that is hard to understand. Hilary and her family have moved to the DC area and she is still not drawing a salary. She has to pay a mortgage and other expenses while not working! And the republicans say it is not personal. Soon I would expect some real back lash to the GOP over this as the nation's native americans wonder why she has been treated this way. Hilary is a Navajo who should be treated with more respect for her accomplishments.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
And if you think budget matters are being squelched at the city, then just start wondering what is going on at the County of Bernalillo. Absolute silence there on everyone's part. Even the internet news services are quiet on this one. Two county commissioners who used to be city Councilors are now running for the city positions again because they are term limited at the county. Alan Armijo and Mike Brasher will probably bring that secretiveness with them back to the city.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I was whining yesterday about ATT's horrible wireless service in my neighborhood in Albuquerque. They really don't care you know. On the plus side I called the Apple store yesterday after they announced they cut prices on our model IPhone by 50%. We had bought ours three weeks ago. They said come on in and we will give you a refund of 50%. We went in and they did. Good for them.
Monday, June 08, 2009
It is hard to believe that after corporate America has so bloodied itself that this kind of crap still happens. Now, what should a sane person do? We like the phones since they work in other parts of the city. Should I get on the phone and call the ATT CEO and tell him, 'screw you"? Or should I call the Attorney Generals Fraud Division and ask them to take the case? Of course not. But some day maybe we can figure out a way to get even.
However, I think the state of the Republican party is such that they will tear themselves apart again. Still, a moderate GOP candidate could do well. But can a moderate get through the GOP Primary? Not as long as the religious right continues their role in NM Politics. A friend of mine happened to watch one of the Albuquerque's Mega Church's preacher on Fox this weekend. This person was railing against the Supreme Court being stacked with liberals who 'make law' and ignore the constitution. This guy said only conservatives cared abut the constitution. In other words...Obama's selections are all spawned of Satan. This is the kind of stuff that rules the republican party. Mark my words. These fundamentalists will run the next GOP Governor's candidate.
Friday, June 05, 2009
By M. Carlota Baca, Ph.D.
Did you know that about one billion people on the planet do not have access to clean water and 2.5 billion are without adequate sanitation?
On Wednesday, I moderated a panel on global philanthropy and third-world needs, attended in
Conflict is another scourge that brutalizes too many millions. We learned about the post-genocide efforts in Rwanda to introduce cottage industries in basketry and other crafts, a wonderful Santa Fe nonprofit called Creativity for Peace that brings Israeli and Palestinian teenage girls here every summer for reconciliation discussion and plans for future communication, and another funder that has made great strides in eliminating the grotesque cultural practice of female genital mutilation in some regions.
These are all “good news” stories that are seldom told. As one journalist in the group said, “If it bleeds, it leads.” War will always lead the front page and the evening news. Reconciliation and peace efforts are seldom recognized.
The day after our session, I set my alarm for , so that I could watch President Obama’s speech live. It was a remarkable address because it focused on positive things we can do as a nation, both in our foreign policy and in our attitudes. Perhaps the whole world needs an “attitude adjustment.” Predictably, there were the usual partisan and negative naysayers who criticized the talk because they simply cannot nor will not see another way to live – they remain in a kind of “option paralysis” that has bankrupted our country’s moral stance and political will.
Quite a few years ago, I hosted several Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian women in my house who were brought here for a gathering in
During their stay, they were enchanted by my new kitten, Tillie, and were almost fighting over who could hold her. I found it odd, almost disturbing, and asked if they had no pets? “Oh, Carlota,” they said, “There are no pets. We had to eat them.” What extreme of desperation would bring us to eat our pets? It gave me new insight into the degradation and despair of war, quite apart from the shattering, but remote scenes of bombings and violence that are routine on our widescreen, high definition televisions – the new necessity in the American home. I had undergone an attitude adjustment.
It’s hard to feel empathy for people going through things that are unimaginable for us, but we’ve got to try. It’s the first step. We’re so damn rich. And most people are so damn poor. How simple. Resources are finite. Consumption way beyond our needs apparently is not.
In the last few years, I’ve tried to curtail my frequent travel to beautiful capitals of the Western world and have embarked on trips to places like
There’s an interesting look at global demographics and resources, called “If the World Were a Village of 100 People.” Take a look at it.
If we could reduce the world’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, the demographics would look something like this:
The village would have 60 Asians, 14 Africans, 12 Europeans, 8 Latin Americans, 5 from the
51 would be male, 49 would be female
82 would be non-white; 18 white
67 would be non-Christian; 33 would be Christian
80 would live in substandard housing
67 would be unable to read
50 would be malnourished and 1 dying of starvation
33 would be without access to a safe water supply
39 would lack access to improved sanitation
24 would not have any electricity (And of the 76 that do
have electricity, most would only use it for light at night.)
7 people would have access to the Internet
1 would have a college education
1 would have HIV
2 would be near birth; 1 near death
5 would control 32% of the entire world’s wealth; all 5 would be US citizens
33 would be receiving --and attempting to live on-- only 3% of the income of “the village”
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Guns and Hilary
Hilary is a Navajo and it is interesting to see while this drama is going on that the few remaining Navajo code talkers from World War II are dying.
On another issue. If anyone wants to attend the swearing in of the new MRGCD Board members it will be on Monday at 6pm at the board room on south second street.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Somewhere in the Distance a Dog Barked
I have lots of advice for the new Board. So do a lot of people and I plan on going to their first meeting to congratulate them. Then they need to be careful about electing a chairman.
Here is the roof plan for the 16 solar panels that will go up on my roof. They are pretty much spread all over the place. They will be mostly invisible from the street. Click on the image to make it bigger.
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Sunshine Lost---and Sunshine Gained
On another sun shine matter the process has started to put a 3KW solar voltaic array on my roof top. Hal Everett and his crew from Sunergy showed up right on time today to start laying out plans for the roof.
They used this little gadget which shows my roof is oriented almost perfectly to the south.
This will be a month long process and I will chronicle it here. It should be interesting. More on the financial aspects later.