Locals Citizens Put on their Own Open House
As Public Opposition Mounts, Local Group Promotes Seeing Both Sides of Coal Issue
What: Alternative Energy Open House
When: March 5th
The event will be free and open to the public to investigate both sides of the coal issue. Informed
The group has very serious concerns about the sustainability of coal as an energy source, the effects of coal burning plants on health, Global Climate, and the long term economic future of the region and state.
This event is just one more sign of the growing opposition to the proposed coal plant and follows a national trend in which communities, states, and the nation are turning away from dirty coal. In just the year 2007, 59 coal plant proposals were rejected or cancelled.
Last spring New Jersey-based LS Power and Texas-based Dynegy announced their plans to build a new pulverized coal plant with a price tag that has now risen above 1.9 Billion dollars. During the past year, a number of local citizens and groups have begun to question the need for the new plant, and ask what its impacts on the community will be. They have been unsatisfied with the answers that these coal giants have been providing. Commenting on the side-by-side events, Zelenak stated that “in the marketplace of ideas, this is one stop shopping”.
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