Monday Morning Ex: Googled and other stories

Good morning. A real winter skyline looking north toward the university.

You might think that the rest of the country is looking askance at all the bristling over Google's incentives package, but as Ed Cone points out in his Sunday News & Record column the way the company twisted arms among legislators runs a little counter to the whole "don't be evil" thing. A good read with lots of links and comments at Ed's site. All in all, it's not been a good week for the media giant.

As mentioned, Senate Pro Tem Marc Basnight and roomie and finance chair Sen. David Hoyle say they'll take a hard look at incentives. N&O and Char-O on this story. From the Char-O story about the non-profit the company and Caldwell County set up:

LENOIR - Eugene and Violet Anderson were home last spring when a van pulled up and the mayor, a county commissioner and several others piled out.

More startling than their unannounced Sunday visit was the mission: They wanted the Andersons' property for a secret economic development project. And they delivered an unsettling message.

Interesting passage on the new focus on incentives from today's Insider:

Basnight said he wants the committee to examine successes and failures in the state's economic recruiting, the kinds of incentives offered and whether changes should be made.

A lot of people would like to see an objective analysis of the cost and benefits. In addition to the tax and infrastructure package, the deal also included no sales tax on electricity and no sales tax on goods bought in NC. Nice.

Speaking of electricity, Duke is looking for help from the S.C. legislature to get customers to pay up front for new power plants. Oh, and here's a story that says Duke's getting ready to sell half of Cliffside. Wonder if the honorables will remember to deduct the lost sales tax on the juice for the server farm when they're looking at that incentive package.


Google not playing fair.....

go figure...

Thanks for brining this to us Kirk.

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Underscores my belief

that big is inherently bad. In companies, in schools, in bureaucracy, in war, in health care, in religion, in factory farming. You name it.

Putting those two stories together...

why don't we offer incentives for Duke Power to put solar panels on every roof in the state? Make them net metered and the potential exists for everyone to win. Moreso, offer other economic incentives to get the solar panel companies to open operations here. I'm betting that 1 million units would be enough to entice them.

Gail Stocks's husband, Ian, says his family's 2.5 kilowatt solar-panel system cost $21,000, including installation. But their out-of-pocket cost was only $9,000. It cuts their electric bill by a third. With commercial power costing him about 13 cents a kilowatt hour and rising, Mr. Stocks figures to be paid back in about 10 years.

Joanne and Stephen Hallisey, who live in Natick, Mass., just finished installing solar panels that cost $18,000 - but got rebates from the state that cover half the cost. They've put in energy-saving light bulbs and appliances, but draw the line on chopping their technology.

1. Outlaw halogen light bulbs in North Carolina, save 10% of energy.
2. Bring solar panel company to NC with promise of 1 million units to be sold at cost + minor profit (would make them world leader in production, instant edge over the competition).
3. Give tax break or incentive to Duke Power to install solar panels at cost (they no longer have to build the $5 BILLION power plant because they've saved 10% through compact bulbs and will save another X% through solar).
4. State pays the remaining cost (become world leader in solar power, solar research, alternative energy, etc. Brings in jobs through plants and research.)

Where are the candidates?

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.