J. Joseph Garrahy http://ripr.org en Older Rhode Islanders remember a real Blizzard: 1978 http://ripr.org/post/older-rhode-islanders-remember-real-blizzard-1978 <p>Some of you younger people may think we are in the middle of a snowy winter here in Rhode Island. &nbsp;</p><p>Those of a certain age know better. Thirty –six years ago today, on Feb. 6, 1978, the sky opened with snow that didn’t stop for more than 24 hours.&nbsp; Providence received two feet of the white stuff in the first 24 hours and more than 4 feet blanketed Woonsocket.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:23:01 +0000 Scott MacKay 28614 at http://ripr.org RI's energy future needs Canadian hydro power http://ripr.org/post/ris-energy-future-needs-canadian-hydro-power <p>Our air conditioners have been working overtime in this steamy summer. Our wallets will be lighter when the electricity bills arrive. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says to stabilize power costs, Rhode Island needs to look north to Canada.</p><p>Flick the wall switch and the lights go on. Turn the knob; the stove heats up. Push a button; the air conditioner hums.</p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 18:07:49 +0000 Scott MacKay 19076 at http://ripr.org