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Puerto Rico Deal Looks Like Bullshit



A tiny, 2-year-old energy company from a small town in Montana won a $300 million contract to fix Puerto Rico’s hurricane-ravaged power grid, raising concerns about the decision-making behind the lucrative deal and the company’s ties to people connected to the Trump administration, as well as the company’s ability to fully meet Puerto Rico’s recovery needs.

MDC says, Take a peek at the $10 website …(click to see)  WHITEFISH BULLSHIT ENERGY .

Whitefish Energy, which at the time of the Hurricane Maria’s landfall had only two full-time employees, now has by far the largest contract of any company involved in Puerto Rico’s recovery, and, according to reporting from the Daily Beast, is primarily financed by a firm run by a major Trump donor who has connections to several members of his administration.

The contract has also raised eyebrows because the company is based in Whitefish, Montana, the hometown of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke (population: 7,436). Zinke’s office told the Washington Post that Zinke knows the company’s CEO because the town is a place where “everybody knows everybody” but that Zinke had no role in the deal. A member of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives, Luis Vega Ramos, told the Daily Beast that connections to Zinke and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló were Whitefish’s “most important expertise and assets.” Vega Ramos accused Whitefish of being a “glorified middleman” that crafted a “cozy sweetheart deal” to make money off subcontracting.

Whitefish Energy, which says it now has 280 workers in Puerto Rico and is growing by 10 to 20 subcontractors a day, has taken on the Herculean task of restoring power to an island where the vast majority of citizens are still without electricity more than a month after the hurricane. The cash-strapped territory will spend $490 million on the initial phase of the power grid repairs, according to Rosselló.

The $300 million Whitefish contract sets hourly rates at $330 for site supervisors and $227 for journeyman linemen, with rates even higher for subcontractors: $462 per hour for supervisors and $319 for linemen. It also includes $332 nightly fees for each worker and $80 a day for food.  MDC says, QUIT your mundane utility job here in the USA and go to Puerto Rico and hang out and create delays and get paid.

Leave NO PET Behind

A dog looks out from a flooded house in Juana Matos, Catano,  Puerto Rico, on September 21, 2017. Puerto Rico braced for potentially calamitous flash flooding after being pummeled by Hurricane Maria which devastated the island and knocked out the entire electricity grid. The hurricane, which Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello called "the most devastating storm in a century," had battered the island of 3.4 million people after roaring ashore early Wednesday with deadly winds and heavy rain.  / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMAL        (Photo credit should read HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP/Getty Images)



One tumultuous month after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico and the majority of the island is still without power, leaving thousands looking for a way out instead of getting ready to rebuild.

For pet lovers looking to flee the island, the decision to move elsewhere is made even harder: Due to federal restrictions and airline regulations, many Puerto Ricans leaving the country are not allowed to bring their pets with them, forcing these residents to leave their beloved dogs behind or not leave at all.

According to The Daily Beast, many of the airlines flying out of Puerto Rico are prohibiting passengers from bringing their pets on board because federal authorities are using the limited cargo space of planes to transport supplies. On top that, federal restrictions say that pets weighing more than 20 lbs. are not allowed to travel in the cabin, leaving all but small animals out of luck.

Pet Friendly Puerto Rico president Sylvia Bedrosian told The Daily Beast that these restrictions have led to the abandonment of 2,000 animals. Bedrosian also commented on how these current blocks on pets violate the No Pet Left Behind FEMA Act, put in place following Hurricane Katrina, which is supposed to ensure that pets are figured in to all federal emergency plans.

Right now residents with pets are depending on airlines to be flexible with their policies. Both JetBlue and Southwest have adjusted their pet policies to allow more animals on board, but the airlines still have to adhere to the 20-lb. in-cabin pet limit. United PetSafe, a pet transport business that flies animals from San Juan to the mainland, is limited by the same embargo. A United Airlines employee said the embargo was recently waived for them until Oct. 31, but gave no reason why it wasn’t lifted for other airlines.

“I understand that most planes coming from the U.S. to Puerto Rico are filled with goods, but what bothers me most is that planes leaving the island are mostly empty. Why take custody of an empty cargo?” Bedrosian told The Daily Beast.

Amid this frustrating confusion, animal rescue groups across North America are doing their best to save as many pets as possible, chartering private planes to retrieve animals from Puerto Rico and bring them to the contiguous United States to reunite with their owners or find a forever home.


A Ferris Wheel Spin


Not two months ago The Mayor and the NYC government officials announced the future construction of a giant Ferris wheel on the banks of Staten Island.  Lets hope NYC reconsiders this monument to the sea.

After the last month of global warming weather, The East Coast has to reconsider a lot more than a Ferris wheel when it comes to coastal construction.

The flooded subways, underground infrastructures, destruction of the barrier islands, decimated communities, all are needed to be addressed in a future of rising sea levels.

When politicians fought hard to keep the tension of 9/11 hot, and the posturing psychotic, nothing was done with all the money spent to restore the area, to consider building with future coastal flooding in mind.

From Ferris wheels to the World Trade Center, American taxpayers are taxed and forced to support projects poorly thought out.

Our politicians build bridges to nowhere, and fiasco mega-monuments hardly servicing the local populations, and tailored to global corporate interests that suck the juice out of localities worldwide.

The Ferris wheel on the seashore is like the brains of a politician, going round and round making us all dizzy from their ineptitude.


Source = image of staten island during hurricane sandy



MDC warns Lower Manhattan about the Future FLOOD and Predictions of Future Catastrophes will be coming in a follow up article. This is PART I .

Such a holistic approach to urban design requires serious investment, both in time and money.

Last March, MoMA opened an exhibit on how to adapt New York City to the watery effects of climate change. Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront was strangely clairvoyant. Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm before it sauntered into New York and didn’t flood the city the way experts feared. But for the first time, New York City had to face the fact that its infrastructure was deeply vulnerable to a major storm. And it’ll only get worse as the city gets wetter and its weather gets wilder in the age of climate change.

ARO was tasked with rethinking the design of lower Manhattan, which includes the financial district, Ground Zero, and Battery Park City, a tony, yet vulnerable, residential development on landfill. According to ARO’s predictions, rapid melting of the polar ice cap will raise sea levels 6 feet by 2100, inundating 21% of Lower Manhattan at high tide. A Category 2 hurricane, meanwhile, will stir up storm surges some 24 feet above that, flooding a whopping 61% of the same area.

The edge of the city would be peppered with islands and marshes to diminish the force of storm surges, and the streets themselves would be more “porous”; in other words, they could flood without shutting down the city. Existing systems, like water, sewage, gas, and electric, would be relocated to waterproof vaults beneath the sidewalk, and roads and buildings would be renovated with greenery and rainwater storage to help absorb rainfall and channel storm-surge inundation to New York Harbor.


Source = fastcompany