Troglodyte Alert


  1. (especially in prehistoric times) a person who lived in a cave.
    • a hermit.
    • a person who is regarded as being deliberately ignorant

So what exactly is going on with the curious agenda item being introduced next week by Director Emily Pataki,  “Federal Clean Power Plan discussion”? This item appears on the agenda as both a director item and an executive session item. I have no idea why this item is on the agenda–much less on the executive session agenda. It remains to be seen what Director Pataki has in mind with this item but let me just hazard a guess..a  likely move to enlist PEC to help kill the Clean Power Plan on a national level and to thwart progress made by the PEC board to transform the cooperative into a more responsible renewable energy steward. Is that what PEC is to become? A friend of science denial, the coal industry and greenhouse gas?  If Director Pataki seeks to align PEC with the trogloytes  bent on sending PEC back to the stone age,  she will not find universal support among PEC members.

Director Emily Pataki

Director Emily Pataki

On August 3, 2015, President Obama and  the EPA announced the Clean Power Plan – a historic and important step in reducing carbon pollution from power plants that takes real action on climate change. Shaped by years of unprecedented outreach and public engagement, the final Clean Power Plan is  designed to strengthen the fast-growing trend toward cleaner and lower-polluting American energy. With strong but achievable standards for power plants, and customized goals for states to cut the carbon pollution that is driving climate change, the Clean Power Plan provides national consistency, accountability and a level playing field while reflecting each state’s energy mix. It also shows the world that the United States is committed to leading global efforts to address climate change.

But elected officials in some states — particularly those with large deposits of coal — are pushing back on a couple of different fronts: challenging the legality of the EPA rule and encouraging states to simply not comply with the plan by refusing to submit state implementation plans. “The EPA’s latest power grab – disguised as a ‘Clean Power Plan’ – takes already burdensome federal regulations a step further by driving up energy costs, stagnating job growth, threatening the reliability of our electric grid and treading all over the State of Texas’ sovereignty,” said Governor Abbott. “With seemingly no concept of what it costs to support a family, start a business or save for retirement, the federal government has yet again proven its readiness to sacrifice American jobs in the name of expanding bureaucratic authority and pushing its liberal agenda. I applaud the Attorney General’s challenge to the Clean Power Plan and offer my full support for all efforts to fight federal government overreach.”

If enough states refuse to turn in state implementation plans, the thinking goes, the EPA will get so bogged down that the Clean Power Plan won’t go into effect across the country until the president’s term is up in 14 months.

In troglodyte world,  this is considered progress.


5 thoughts on “Troglodyte Alert

  1. Larry where do you arrive at the universal support against what Director Pataki is doing? Only 8%-10% of the PEC members ever vote in PEC elections…that is far from universal. In my opinion Pataki is only doing what board members should do ….review the actions and decisions of former boards and the decisions they made….due diligence never stops….it is an ongoing process.

    Also do you recall the Somerset Set Report which was buried because the Board didn’t like the results? Hum? I think you were president of the board at that time.

    Management 101 teaches continual due diligence. Director Pataki is only following appropriate management protocol.

    Joe Summy


    • Joe I did not say that there was universal support against what Director Pataki is doing. I did suggest that if she intends to roll back board policy approving the renewable energy goals passed last March that SHE will not find universal support. If you are going to post in the middle of the night, Joe, drink some coffee while you are doing it.

      And the notion that she is merely doing her “due diligence” is ridiculous. How naïve can you be, Joe Summy? Emily (who knows well that I I like and respect her) is a republican aligned with the republican agenda which is to follow the dictates of the Koch brothers–to oppose anything that threatens oil, gas and coal interests–at any level, local or national. That is the water she and other board members are carrying. Never mind the overwhelming preponderance of science that blames global Co2 emissions for the climate changes that are so evident.

      I don’t intend to get into a back and forth with you Joe, so save it. In the meantime you might want to do a little late night reading.


      • The statement:” I don’t intend to get into a back and forth with you Joe, so save it”, is only an attempt to silence opposing ideas. If you only want responses that agree with your ideas…you are just talking to yourself and shaking your own hand. And frankly Larry, I am surprised…I thought your blog was open to other ideas besides those that just agree with you.

        As far as the Koch brothers and their influence on Director Pataki: where did you get that? Is she on the phone with them everyday just being a mini-me following their dictates?

        And as far as special interest influence: .We all know the various “special interest” groups that helped to get you elected. Seems you are into mud slinging at those who have opposing views. You must be off of your anger control meds.

        As far as a roll back of former boards decisions….this sometimes happens. However, I don’t support roll backs for political or ideological reasons…only if appropriate after proper due diligence..

        Your insulting remarks are a hoot….out of the play book of Donald Trump. When you can’t attack the ideas…you attack the person.

        And just as a reminder: if you have had universal support you would have been reelected..

        I wish you well Larry…our differences in past were based on ideas. And, remember, I was the only one who publicly stated that your personal financial problems had nothing to do with your abilities to be a good board member.


  2. Larry!

    I must say, I’m truly surprised. I had thought you had learned from your prior service on the Board and had arrived at a better place, with a more reasoned, comprehensive view of things PEC, and maybe even relative to larger issues.

    But, with this sudden unfair public attack on Emily Pataki, based entirely on your own speculation about what she might be trying to do (look at your “If’s”), and based entirely on your own liberal political views, you have surfaced the same old Landaker that many of us, a majority, in fact, grew to resent, and reject.

    You fooled me once, when I supported you and worked for your election. You fooled me again when you started this blog, with reasonable comments and a welcome to other views. I even applauded some of your comments at a recent Board meeting.

    But the real Larry has risen again, as can be seen in the petty use of a lower-case letter in the word “Republican.”

    Why did you not, since you have tied this blog to PEC, wait to see what effect Emily’s thinking might have on PEC before you went running off the rails? (It just might be that you are the one who ought to take that cup of coffee you recommended for Joe Summy.)

    And if you are a friend of Emily’s, as you say, she certainly doesn’t need enemies!

    It’s sad, Larry; it’s really sad. I’m sorry.

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  3. Milton and Larry,

    Concerning my late night drinking: I had a cold glass of my homemade basil/tomato juice…with a spoon full of horseradish in it….had a real kick!


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