(especially in prehistoric times) a person who lived in a cave.
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.
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.