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Monday, January 24, 2005

Braddy Wants the Power

Sounding a bit like Gen. Buck Turgidson, Gainesville City Commission Ed Braddy announced Sunday that Gainesville faced an “energy gap” if citizens were allowed to stop GRU’s expansion plans.
“Critics have stated that burning coal is a source of pollution, but they have blurred the issue of energy supply,” Braddy wrote in The Gainesville Sun, “leaving the impression that future demand can be met simply through ‘alternatives.’”
Yes, he obviously does not trust the wind and sun like he does coal, and I do not know if he is right about these sources being able to sustain our future needs (our present needs are well covered by our current energy output). What I worry about is the level of growth Braddy is hoping for in the future, because a power plant expansion ensures that Gainesville and Alachua County can grow, grow, grow.

Braddy also wants us to believe that it is he, and GRU, and not the so-called environmentalists who really care about the environment:
“The plan's critics call themselves “progressives.” However, they lack confidence in progress.

Listening to them, we are on the verge of ecological catastrophe.

Yet last year, the United States recorded the lowest ozone smog levels since we began measuring these quantities in the 1970s. Although there are more coal-fired plants today and energy consumption has increased by 42 percent between 1970 and 2002, the total emissions of the six principal air pollutants (nitrogen dioxide, ozone, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, carbon monoxide and lead) has decreased by 48 percent over this period.

How is this possible?

Innovative men and women saw a challenge and invented technologies that made the production of energy more efficient and environmentally responsible.”
I love stupid statements. There are more coal plants and less pollution, but why do you think that is? Because coal plant owners decided to spend millions on emission controls out of the kindness of their hearts? Or do you think it is because so-called progressives bitched, moaned and sued the government to create legislation making these companies clean up their act? Remember acid rain? We don't lack confidence in progress, Mr. Braddy, we lack confidence in you.

So rather than deride your many constituents who believes in clean air and fight to ensure our government protects what we have -- which is not exactly clean air but we’ll take it, for now – maybe Mr. Braddy should show some respect, state his case and stop being such a jackass. That’s my job anyway.

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