Author Archives: John Blair

Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor joins Valley Watch in opposing huge Vectren rate increasing proposal

August 13, 2018- by John Blair, valley watch.net editor  Today, for perhaps the first time ever, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor came out against a proposal by Vectren Corporation that if approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission … Continue reading

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IEEFA update: Duke Energy’s costly Edwardsport coal-gasification project continues to underperform

August 1, 2018-by David Schlissel in IEEFA News Editor’s Note: Valley Watch has  steadfastly opposed this plant since it’s conception offering sage testimony at the original CPCN hearing in Bloomington in 2007. Duke Energy’s 5-year-old gasified coal power experiment in Edwardsport, Ind., has turned … Continue reading

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Should a Cincinnati-based, multi-state commission eliminate its standards for Ohio River pollution?

July 11, 2018, by Nick Swartsell in (Cincinnati) City Beat. For seven decades, the Ohio River Valley Sanitation Commission has overseen the health of the roughly 1,000-mile-long waterway that provides drinking water to more than 5 million people. But it may … Continue reading

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Offshore Wind opposed by Trump begins producing power

July 3, 2018 – by Climate Action A major offshore wind farm has generated its first units of electricity, despite the best efforts of the President of the United States. The wind farm, located 1.5 miles off the Aberdeenshire coast, … Continue reading

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Trump Prepares Lifeline for Money-Losing Coal Plants

May 31, 2018 – By Jennifer Dlouhy in Bloomberg News  Trump administration officials are making plans to order grid operators to buy electricity from struggling coal and nuclear plants in an effort to extend their life, a move that could … Continue reading

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Money pit or fuel hedge? In Midwest, it depends on who is paying

May 25, 2018 – by Jeffrey Tomich, E&E News. Editors note: Valley Watch, along with the Citizens Action Coalition, Save the Valley and the Hoosier Environmental Council, collaborating as the Indiana Clean Energy campaign worked tirelessly in the early years of this century to … Continue reading

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Mad as Hell

May 23, 2018 – Peter Finch in the MGM movie Network, 1976 42 years after the movie Network ran in theaters across America, we are now living its reality. Just watch and see how prophetic this movie was.

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The Decline Of U.S. Coal Power Looks A Lot Like Henderson, Kentucky

May 22, 2018 – by Ryan Van Velzer, WFPL-Lousiville. Henderson, Kentucky’s coal-fired power plant provided among the lowest electricity rates in the country for its residents just two years ago, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. But … Continue reading

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Arctic sea ice maximum at second lowest in the satellite record

March 27, 2018 – by Arctic Sea Ice News and Analysis – Arctic sea ice appears to have reached its annual maximum extent on March 17. This is the second lowest Arctic maximum in the 39-year satellite record. The four … Continue reading

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Cambridge Analytica-Trump’s Dirty Tricksters

March 20, 2018- Undercover with Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. An undercover investigation by Channel 4 News reveals how Cambridge Analytica secretly campaigns in elections across the world. Bosses were filmed talking about using bribes, ex-spies, fake IDs and sex workers. … Continue reading

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Glyphosate linked to shorter pregnancies in Indiana women

March 16, 2018 – Environmental Health News – Women with higher levels of the herbicide are more likely to have shorter pregnancies, according to a study of pregnant mothers living in Indiana’s Corn Belt. The consequences for their babies can … Continue reading

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Breaking News – Prospects for two giant fertilizer plants in SW Indiana dim drastically

February 1, 2018- © John Blair, valleywatch.net editor. Editor’s note: Valley Watch has singularly opposed these plants since as early as 2012 when they were first conceived.    Earlier in the decade area residents were told they were going to have … Continue reading

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This is not a hoax!

December 17, 2017, by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic This video sadly speaks for itself. Ivanka Trump should be forced to watch this and then tell us she has done all she can to convince her father that Climate Change is REAL!

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Pollution Kills More People Than Anything Else

  November 7, 2017-By James Conca in Forbes Magazine The most comprehensive report to date on the health effects of environmental pollution shows that filthy air, contaminated water and other polluted parts of our environment kill more people worldwide each … Continue reading

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Vectren near the bottom in nationwide “Customer Satisfaction” survey by J.D. Power

UPDATE: The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission granted Vectren everything they wanted, ignoring the evidence and facts presented by Valley Watch and Citizens Action Coalition. Rates will rise. July 18. 2107- by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor (disclaimer- I own 198 shares of … Continue reading

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