Three related items from this morning’s Washington Post:
- “State Agency Greenlights Power Line in Rural N.Va.“: “State regulators approved Dominion Virginia Power’s proposal yesterday to build a 65-mile transmission line through rural Northern Virginia, saying that the project is critical to delivering electricity to the power-hungry region and avoiding widespread blackouts.”
- “Land-Use Votes Put Music Hall On Track“: “The Montgomery County Council signed off yesterday on a pair of land-use measures designed to open one of Live Nation‘s Fillmore rock clubs on a vacant stretch of downtown Silver Spring by 2011.”
- Editorial, “One Small Step –It wasn’t pretty, but Congress gave a needed boost to wind and solar energy”: “WE’RE NOT fond of the any-port-in-a-storm style of lawmaking in Congress. Bills that should pass on their own strengths are cluttered with measures of dubious merit that otherwise couldn’t get approved. And sometimes, worthy legislation that can’t be reconciled between the two houses is attached to bills that must pass. It is in this latter category of necessary evil that extension of the production tax credit became law on Friday as part of the $700 billion federal rescue plan.”
Two other thoughts:
In the first story, this is a delightful quote from an opponent of economic activity:
“I think I join with thousands of Virginians in being slightly outraged today,” said Chris Miller, president of the Piedmont Environmental Council. “Obviously, the law is broken if you get this kind of result, and we certainly are going to be raising some issues on appeal.”
Only slightly outraged? Slightly? We consider that progress from the usual outrage, OUTRAGE.
As for the Fillmore Silver Spring, we’ll be interested if the demand is there. There are many, many venues for live rock acts in the D.C. area. Suppose there’s a niche between the 9:30 Club and DAR Constitution Hall they’ll seek to fill, but it’s hard to see the kids going out to Silver Spring for a show. Probably more like the middle-age types with disposable income who, come to think of it, paid $56 to see Nick Cave on Sunday. Gosh, Nick and the Bad Seeds used a lot of coal-powered electricity. But it was well worth it. Great show.
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