Thursday, August 14, 2008

USAID helps develop power model for Central Asia

Mao said, "Power comes from a gun..." Thomas Edison proved otherwise. Often times it's the quiet effort that wins 'hearts and minds', and nations soon follow. I say this, after reading an article in the Washington Times;

Nations' participation shows Lenin's great vision unfulfilled
Thursday, August 14, 2008

...The U.S. Agency for International Development is reporting that, as part of a USAID project, representatives of Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik and Uzbek energy concerns met July 30 in Kazakhstan's largest city, Almaty, to discuss a regional model for electrical power transmission.
What is most interesting about the USAID assistance plan is that it is a tacit acknowledgment by Central Asian governments that one of the lingering legacies of the Soviet era, the promise of nationwide power generation, remains unfulfilled 81 years after the Bolshevik seizure of power in the Russian empire...more
Where I live in the USA, much of the electricity we use is generated by hydro-electric power from TVA ( Tennesse Valley Authority ) damns. Much personal property and land was lost in the construction of the system, and many considered it to be 'socialistic'. It was a plan suitable for it's time.

In the mean-time, the continent has enjoyed decades of peaceful progress and development and other sources of electrical power have been created. Peace is required for development, not revolution.

Locally, I enjoy power from a COOP ( another oranization that was considered 'socialistic' when first implemented ). I also get telephone and internet service from COOPs. The water district is a cooperative effort, backed by local capital.

Who's the socialist?

Peace and prosperity to Kazhak, Kirgiz, Tajik, and Uzbek. Enjoy the 'power'.

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