Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Well, it's an exciting morning here in Spain. In addition to the dirtbag squatter bomb this morning, ETA let off four bombs at a power plant in the town of Amorebieta in the Basque Country at about 2:10 PM, around two hours ago. The bombs were low-powered and caused no damage. No one was injured. An advance warning was called in and the plant was evacuated. I imagine what they're trying to do is remind everyone they're still here and warn us all that they could have planted much bigger bombs that would have done much more damage if they had wanted. Except they may really be so weak now that this is all they can do. I don't know. The power plant is the largest investment--€520 million--by a foreign company, the Irish public company ESB, in the Basque Country. It began testing at the beginning of the year and is expected to come fully on-line in August. Extreme nationalist and environmental groups have long opposed the power plant, though it is a "combined-cycle" plant which is apparently the highest tech there is and therefore the most efficient and environment-friendly infrastructure investment possible. Local citizens voted in a non-binding referendum against the plant.

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