"All truth passes through three stages.
First, it is ridiculed.
Second, it is violently opposed.
Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."
Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860)
With this posting is where the fun begins. Now that the opponents to MAPP have been exposed as trying to pass on misleading arguments that are weak at best, and the ONLY means at their disposal for their opposition, it has come to my attention that the opposition is now trying to discredit the editor of Jonathan Travers Chronicles. Many people know and have heard the old adage, “If you cannot attach and counter argue the message, attack the messenger!!”
I have listed some of my favorites below:
1. There are those who say that the editor is a paid writer by Pepco.
Answer: While I take this as quite a complement as the litmus test to the quality of my writing, I have to say that this is not accurate in anyway, shape, or form. I sincerely thank you for the adulation though.
2. The opposition is questioning why I have only written about MAPPs and no other news.
Answer: This IS the most important and current NEWS that has the largest potential effect on local issues. If the citizens of Delmarva allow these weak and misleading arguments to jeopardize the quality and reliability of our electric power supply, then we all will suffer economically in so many ways emulating a third world country.
3. The opposition is also making speculative comments that the editor of the Jonathan Travers Chronicles is looking to gain personally from the new transmission line.
Answer: The only gain that the editor of Jonathan Travers Chronicles could ever receive is the same as everyone…..reliable and sustainable quality electric power replacing what will soon be lost.
So I will reiterate the important facts again for summation:
1. Most of the power that the Delmarva Peninsula has access to now is generated in the Philadelphia / Wilmington area. This electric generation is from coal, oil, and a nuclear power plant. The coal and oil power plants are being shut down in this area, much like Indian River coal power plant, so there will be a large loss in available generated electric power.
2. The current demand is greater than what will be left of the generation being produced in this area. To transport rail road cars full of coal or tankers of imported mid-east oil, is not cost effective nor competitive to the electric power generated in the Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, & Ohio where the source of fuel is located. I am speaking of coal and wind generated electric power that is currently available now.
In conclusion, no matter if you go with wind, solar, tidal, coal, oil, or nuclear……you are still going to need the transmission / distribution lines to make it available to where the demand is. This argument is a mute point as far as MAPP transmission line is concerned and the opposition knows this.
That is why the first argument tack is to fill peoples’ heads with incorrect or misleading information based on very little substance. This is why they speak of the "Lost Beauty of Dorchester." Again, all flash and no substance.
The second is to project speculative doubt on the one who is presenting the true facts of the issues that are going to affect the citizens of the Delmarva Peninsula. I have access to the exact same information and data as the people in opposition to MAPP. The exception is I have no problem presenting what the true results are.