Bob Surratt, Jim Bohannon, Hershel Woody Williams discussed on Jim Bohannon


WGN. Program you're listening to now enthusiastically endorses the bob surratt morning show. All right, America, welcome back. It's rich valdes filling in for Jim bohannon tonight trying to keep you up to speed on what's going on in America at night and we've got a number of topics on the table we talked about inflation we talked about the Wisconsin Supreme Court and their decision to rule that drop boxes are only allowed inside county clerk buildings and we talked about hershel woody Williams and the entire Israel situation, which is really interesting conversation. And we were mid thought with Chris in Santa Clara, California, who was telling us about the landscape and how many apartment buildings are in this neighborhood, Chris. Well, and I'll keep it short, so other people can play too. I guess I'm trying to, you know, if somebody went ahead and took a ballot and then it got put into a blue mailbox or if they happened to have a way on their home where they could have outgoing mail, kind of old school with the mailbox. The little flag on it. Yeah, a little flag on it or something. I mean, it sounds like at least in Wisconsin that wouldn't have been a big deal, even the cliff he ran from newsmax. So that's whether it's on my side on the left or newsmax on the right of everybody would be a gradient in Wisconsin, at least. No problem mailing ballots to the U.S. Postal Service. I look here and I figure, hey, you know, if there's a government managed Dropbox in front of a public school or over at city hall or something like that, why would that be I guess maybe I'm trying to ask you to explain to me. Okay, I understand, based on the way you're posing the question. So this wasn't an arbitrary thing. Like, hey, let's just put these drop boxes, you know, because we've got the pandemic. This was to the tune of it's not really an important fact, but it was like $400 million from Zuckerberg, who he put into several nonprofits. The thing was that these nonprofits weren't, they were supposed to act in a nonpartisan manner, but they didn't necessarily. They only put these drop boxes in Democrat districts. And only promoted it to Democrat candidates. So it was a very partisan outreach operation. They paid for these things and then kind of donated them. So it's private money operating in the public sphere. This was something that had never been done before, and they had them outside the law allows only to have these boxes inside of a county clerk's office. So like if it was closed or if there were not going to be employees, if they were going to be behind plexiglas screen or whatever it was. So that was the gist of that. This wasn't necessarily like the board of elections doing that. This was what they called the zuckerbergs issuing grants to local boards of elections. And that's where it got very, very these public partnerships, these quasi public partnerships got very, very tricky and this is what was overruled with the current case. So there's a lot of nuance to it. But good question and good to know that that came out that way because other people may have perceived it that way as well. So thank you, Chris. I appreciate that. Let us continue our journey across the country to Missouri. Let's go to John and Missouri, John welcome, you're on with rich Valdez. Good evening. My concern is with the electric system reliability this summer. Not only in Texas, but across the Midwest, the reliability councils that are responsible for maintaining reliable grid have already given notice to their member utilities not to do any testing not to do any experimenting with their units. And the load that is being experienced in these areas due to this heat wave is very close to the generating capacity of the network in the stories it's getting pressed now that there could be blackouts or brownouts rotating brownouts, whatever in these areas, but the truth, the complete story is not getting out. What has happened over the last 5 to ten years is there have been a closure of well over 100 coal fired generating plants. To the concern about carbon emissions and decarbonization of the world and I believe that it's been done prematurely because the renewable generating capacity has not yet generated has not yet demonstrated the ability to replace all of this coal fired generating capacity. So you're right on all accounts here. And this was a big argument back in 2008, 2009, where people were saying, look, you know, Obama had launched an attack on coal and saying, look, we're going to get rid of this stuff. And the environmentally conscious left said, yes, we've got to do that. We've got to get rid of it. And in many ways, taking apart that industry and left it standing on a wobbly leg. And now we're looking at the reality of life where we, oh, snap, we actually get electricity from coal. Oh, who thought about that? And now you've got Texas urquhart none of that's what you were referring to, but ercot their energy agency in Texas is telling them, hey look, don't even plug in your electric vehicle unless you absolutely have to because there's so much stress on the grid in Texas. Now I don't know if you were referring to Texas or if you were talking about Missouri. But yeah, this is a problem and it's been a problem in California. And these are all states where there's a small percentage of electric vehicles. So clearly it was, I would go further than saying premature. I would say unrealistic. Again, this is kind of like the idea of us saying, you know, we should have free healthcare and we should have free this and we should have free that and the government should pay for everything and ultimately it just is not a doable proposition. And I think this is the problem that we are running into. So you're a 100% right. We honestly don't have a solution to live in a world that doesn't rely on fossil fuels and we still have the same outcome that we have. Like powering our homes at night using air conditioning in the summer. And driving cars that

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