County Judge Veronica Escobar is not the kind of person to shy away from a political campaign. Whether it is a city council race or a bond issue, you will find Escobar somewhere in the middle of things pushing for something or someone.
Which is why it is interesting that Escobar is keeping quiet in the House District 77 race.
Her day job aside, Escobar is a constituent in District 77. That if anything gives her all the more reason to shout from her rooftop who she supports.
But for whatever reason, House District 77 candidate, Lina Ortega, makes no mention of Escobar at all on her website, while other friends of Escobar are mentioned:
This is not some oversight.
You cannot say, "Oh, we forgot Escobar, but somehow remembered Susie Byrd."
So either Lina Ortega and her camp view Escobar's endorsement as an albatross, or Escobar herself, thinks she is an albatross.
That or Escobar is hedging her bets in the event Ortega loses. Escobar can privately help Ortega, but in the event she loses she can tell the winner, "I stayed out of the race."
Jim Tolbert had a post last week - HERE! - where he tries to conflate the proposed El Paso Electric rate increase on residential solar installations with energy security.
I say he tries.
Because he knows better.
If for whatever reason the grid is shutdown, guess what?
If you have an on-grid solar installation on your home your installation will also be shut down.
Having an on-grid solar installation does not improve grid security.
In the event of a grid shutdown, the inverter used in on-grid solar installations will automatically shut-off. The reason it shuts off is for safety. You do not want the guys are who trying to get the grid up and running again to fry.
But hey, Tolbert will not tell you that.
Tolbert would rather be self-righteous than right.
I consider myself to be something of a tree-hugger.
That being said, I don't always agree with other tree-huggers...like Jim Tolbert and his most recent post about El Paso Electric and its proposed rate hike concerning solar.
Tolbert likes to beat up on oil and gas.
But he either is naïve or he thinks you are naïve.
The ugly truth is that solar needs oil.
Crystalline silicon solar panels (the most common panels) cannot be produced without an encapsulant and backsheet (backing for the solar panel). Those two products do not exactly grow on trees.
If not for oil, you would not have those two products, and thereby have no solar, or at least solar as we know it.
As though oil isn't bad enough, Tolbert then beats up on natural gas for being "dirty", but little does he tell you about the processes used to make the solar cells that are used in a solar panel (it is water and chemical intensive).
The funny thing is that he praises batteries. Never mind the fact that batteries itself can be a nasty business from the production of it to the mining of the raw material to produce it.
I personally hate "renewable" and "green" energy labels.
Solar power is just one form of energy among others.
But one way it stands out from all other forms of energy - oil, coal, wind, biomass, etc. - is that almost anyone can harvest its power.
I am all for solar, but it should be discussed in the most practical of terms. Some of its biggest cheerleaders would do solar a big favor if they were not so sanctimonious in the way they go about promoting and defending it.