What you think you know

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” The Big Short, a movie based on the Michael Lewis book about the sub-prime meltdown, opens with this quote. And attributes it to Mark Twain. It sounds like Mark Twain. He could have said it or written it. But it appears he didn’t.


Even more Insanity

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

Einstein is said to have said: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different outcomes.” This was the lede in an earlier article about public education. (Fortunately, education is changing.) It also applies to the Mississippi Public Service Commission and the Mississippi Legislature.



The undead Yazoo pump Project

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

The Mississippi Public Service Commission finally drove a stake through the gasifier heart of the Kemper County Lignite Plant. So customers won’t pay for most of its $7 billion cost. But the PSC may allow $300 million more in gasifier collateral costs for its turbines running on natural gas. These toes are still sticking up.




I don’t always…

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

I don’t always believe stories from Mississippi Power or from its parent Southern Company about the Kemper Lignite Plant. But when I do, it’s because I’ve been kidnapped, tortured, drugged, and forced to watch endless video loops of CNN and MSNBC and Chris Mathews. (Apologies to The Most Interesting Man in the World and Dos Equis beer.)


The chief engineer’s legacy

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

The Mississippi Levee Board (MLB) was created right after the Civil War to build and maintain levees in the Mississippi Delta. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) took over levee building in 1927. But the MLB, located in Greenville, still maintains them. It has had some famous chief engineers in its storied history.



The PSC and MRC

By KELLEY WILLIAMS,

What do the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) and the Mississippi River Commission (MRC) have in common? Both have presided over multi-billion-dollar project failures. The PSC’s is the Southern Company’s unworkable Kemper County Lignite plant. The MRC’s is the Mississippi River and Tributaries Project (MR&TP).


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