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I think the headline of this article is misleading because they gave absolutely no indication that they had any intention of "pulling the plug".
They said it will not be on the November ballot, but these guys have been planning this in secret along with the mayor for two years (without the knowledge of the city council) and they've already thrown a lot of money into it. They are not going to give up easily.
I am a University City homeowner and the parent of a young child. I received a letter from my city council member 6/21 and that was the first time I heard anything about this proposed power plant. My first impression was that it sounded like a bad idea, but I tried to keep an open mind and went to the 6/25 planning group meeting - not to comment, but listen and learn more.
The place was packed. There was standing room only when we got there. After listening to Capital Power’s spiel and a big load of BS from the Mayor’s representative, the citizens really let them have it. People are outraged for a number of very good reasons not the least of which is that if this plant is built it absolutely will have a negative impact on our health and our quality of life. Home owners, prospective home buyers, business owners, local environmentalists, parents, physicians, scientists, engineers, researchers - everyone was strongly against it, including our council member Sheri Lightner and her Republican opponent Ray Ellis. Not one single person voiced support. I left convinced this is a terrible idea and I intend to do whatever I can to help fight it. I don’t want it in my backyard or anyone else’s. Natural gas plants are NOT clean (despite what they will tell you) and we do not need to be building another one when there are better alternatives.
Quote from the letter sent from Capital Power to Mayor Sanders office on 6/25/12: "Rather than have this matter proceed to a city-wide vote in November 2012, our preference would be to begin the public engagement process now, in collaboration with the city, with a view to bringing this item forward in a future election once sufficient engagement has taken place."
TRANSLATION – We know that this thing will not fly if put it to a vote in November, so we are going to dump an insane amount of cash into a PR campaign that we hope will convince voters to accept it at a later date.
So prepare yourself for the onslaught of lies and distortions. It is coming, and when it does I hope you won’t be fooled because our health depends on it.
June 26, 2012 at 9:39 a.m.
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