Kudos to Los Alamos Fire Department
Kudos to the Los Alamos Fire Department for the handling of the North Mesa fire. Their quick and skillful response prevented what could have been a disastrous situation with the current dry conditions. I wish to convey a personal thank you to all of the firefighters who did an outstanding job.
BPU should consider free market economic forces for setting rates
Regarding the setting of (gas) rates, the Board of Public Utilities appears to have ignored the importance of free market economic forces.
With a commodity rate, these forces can act to reduce consumption when prices are high due to supply limits. Their efficacy depends on the elasticity of demand, but turning down thermostats on hot water tanks and furnaces is not difficult compared to, say, buying a more efficient automobile. With a fixed rate, however, consumers have no impetus to conserve in times of shortages.
It would be very disappointing if the BPU did not consider this aspect of rate-setting at all; the report in the Monitor makes no reference to any such discussion.
Los Alamos deserves better venue for hosting visiting scientists