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Michael "Flathead" Blanchard Obituary: Denver Post

npr:

Would have loved to meet him. — Tanya

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Michael “Flathead” Blanchard

A Celebration of the life of Michael “Flathead” Blanchard will be held on April 14th, 3 pm 8160 Rosemary St, Commerce City.

Weary of reading obituaries noting someone’s courageous battle with death, Mike wanted it known that he died as a result of being stubborn, refusing to follow doctors’ orders and raising hell for more than six decades. He enjoyed booze, guns, cars and younger women until the day he died.

Mike was born July 1944 in Colorado to Clyde and Ethel Blanchard. A community activist, he is noted for saving the Dr. Justina Ford house from demolition and defending those who could not defend themselves. He was a Republican delegate, life member of the NRA, founder and President of the Dead Cats MC. He loved music.

Mike was preceded in death by Clyde and Ethel Blanchard, survived by his beloved sons Mike and Chopper, former wife Jane Transue, brother Stephen Blanchard (Susan), Uncle Don and Aunt Cynthia Blanchard(his favorite); Uncle Dill and Aunt Dot, cousins and nephews, Baba Yaga can kiss his butt. So many of his childhood friends that weren’t killed in Vietnam went on to become criminals, prostitutes and/or Democrats. He asks that you stop by and re-tell the stories he can no longer tell. As the Celebration will contain Adult material we respectfully ask that no children under 18 attend. Published in the Denver Post on April 12,2012

I think I would have very much liked this guy!

theatlantic:

Did the EPA Just Kill Big Coal?

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a set of landmark greenhouse gas regulations that will surely have every coal country politician, from the hills to Appalachia to the Powder River Basin of Wyoming, sputtering mad. The rule will require new power plants to emit about 43 percent less carbon dioxide than today’s coal-fired generators. Natural gas plants already meet this requirement. But if a utility wants to burn coal for electricity, it will need to install carbon capture technology — and that’s really expensive.
“This standard effectively bans new coal plants,” one petulant lobbyist told The Washington Post. 
And indeed, it could. But while that might be devastating for mining companies, it won’t mean a whole lot to consumers. Coal use, you see, is already in decline. Blame America’s natural gas boom. 
In December, coal generated less than 40 percent of America’s electricity for the first time since March 1978, according to the Energy Information Administration. Even before the proposed greenhouse gas rules, Deutsch Bank predicted it would be producing as little as 20 percent by 2030. And Exxon Mobil forecasts that natural gas will replace coal as the U.S. top fuel for electricity by 2025. 
Read more. [Image: U.S. Energy Information Administration]



Looks like Mother Earth may get a victory!

theatlantic:

Did the EPA Just Kill Big Coal?

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a set of landmark greenhouse gas regulations that will surely have every coal country politician, from the hills to Appalachia to the Powder River Basin of Wyoming, sputtering mad. The rule will require new power plants to emit about 43 percent less carbon dioxide than today’s coal-fired generators. Natural gas plants already meet this requirement. But if a utility wants to burn coal for electricity, it will need to install carbon capture technology — and that’s really expensive.

“This standard effectively bans new coal plants,” one petulant lobbyist told The Washington Post

And indeed, it could. But while that might be devastating for mining companies, it won’t mean a whole lot to consumers. Coal use, you see, is already in decline. Blame America’s natural gas boom. 

In December, coal generated less than 40 percent of America’s electricity for the first time since March 1978, according to the Energy Information Administration. Even before the proposed greenhouse gas rules, Deutsch Bank predicted it would be producing as little as 20 percent by 2030. And Exxon Mobil forecasts that natural gas will replace coal as the U.S. top fuel for electricity by 2025. 

Read more. [Image: U.S. Energy Information Administration]

Looks like Mother Earth may get a victory!

(via emergentfutures)