Virginia’s best journalist, Mr. Jim Bacon today joined The Two Mikes to discuss climate and education issues in the state.
On the climate Issue Mr. Bacon said that the state government had plans for extensive offshore wind farms and on-land solar-panel farms as part of its attempt to meet zero-carbon requirements by 2045.
The first step toward the wind farm is the construction 0f a $500 million boat that will be used to move windmill blades out to the base of each windmill.
Virginia’s game plan seems a bit ambitious and also more than a little expensive, especially because solar and wind power will never supply more than 30-percent of the state’s electricity requirements. Given this reality, excessive focus on building such alternate energy facilities would yield disastrous results for Virginia’s citizenry and industries if the electrical grid was ever severely challenged or badly damaged by weather or other causes.
At the moment, the state’s plans sound a bit like hopping off of one horse when another is not available.
On education, Mr. Bacon said the state’s K-12 education system is in a catastrophic state, especially in high poverty areas. The entire K-12 environment appears to be a mess as teacher resignations have risen to unprecedented numbers, and the feeders for new teachers — Virginia’s teacher colleges — are now producing teachers who are advocates of wokism not education.
Mr. Bacon added that there may be a bit more optimism regarding the state’s overall system of public universities as Governor Youngkin’s administration is appointing anti-wokism members to the board of the state’s public universities.
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