I felt bad for Mr. Shinseki, a little bit anyway.
Let me clarify by saying, that he FAILED at his job. The job of fixing the corruption and shady dealing at the VA. But, there was always a valid point to the argument about being constrained by the law. He could not fire anyone for poor performance or any other reason. The civil servant laws generally require fatal gun fire to permit termination. He also had a second layer of out of control federal unions and their inbred apathy. So I gave the man some slack on a personal level. As in, I didn’t think he was a bad guy, perhaps just a guy who wasn’t capable of beheading all the hydra’s heads at once.
This completely changes things. He was out parading around the country christening solar energy initiatives at VA cemeteries. Which in and of itself is not so bad, but when you are spending +$800,000 at a clip for these solar play toys. His goal.
“We are investing in clean energy and renewable energy projects at our national cemeteries to reduce our environmental footprint,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki declared.
Let me ask, exactly how much are you paying per month for the electricity at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery? The VA spent $787,000 on the solar array there.
Assuming $2500 per month in electricity, the break even point (not including time value of money) is +/- 315 months or +/- 26 years the average warranty period (read as productive use cycle) of a solar panel is 20 years. Of course the battery storage component, the DC to AC converter, etc usually need to be replaced at least once in that time frame. So we are looking at a negative return on investment no matter how you slice it. Not to mention that I really doubt the cemetery was using $2500 per month in electricity.
Oh and most of the sales pitches for solar state that moving to solar is not a good idea if the ROI / break even point is much past 6 years. We likely quadruple that time frame here.
I formally retract any misgivings I may have expressed regarding the malfeasance, political boot licking and traitorous treatment of Vets under the watch of Shinseki.
When he dies, may the Hounds of Hell be slow, as they rend the flesh from his bones. May he also have the regenerative powers of Prometheus, but without the eventual release.