citizens of the Cedar Valley address the proposal for a coal burning power plant

Waterloo, Iowa

City Council meeting

May 7, 2007

 

 

 

c e d a r v a l l e y s p e a k s

Group 2

2. Margaret Whiting, 1974 Caras Road, Waterloo

My name is Margaret Whiting and I live in at 1974 Caras Road, Waterloo

All over America, communities are taking action to help solve global warming. Many cities are adopting “renewable energy standards” that require a percentage of the electricity sold in a city to come from renewable sources by a specific date. (coolcities.org) Forward-looking communities are investing in wind, solar, geothermal and other clean alternatives. If this coal plant is built in Waterloo, it will be part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Coal-fired power plants are the single largest source of global warming pollution. Coal plants in the United States produce as much carbon dioxide emissions as all our cars, trucks, buses, planes, ships and trains combined. The 750 MW coal plant proposed for Waterloo does not use the more efficient and cleaner technology of Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle. Even if this LS Power plants meets all the current emissions regulations, it will still be harmful to our environment because the EPA does not YET regulate carbon dioxide emissions. If this coal plant is built all of the carbon dioxide will go into the air adding an enormous increase in global warming pollutants.

Burning coal imposes environmental costs that are not yet factored into the costs of producing electricity. However, soon there will be a tax on energy sources that release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It is a reckless assumption that LS Power would be allowed to pollute for free for the decades it would operate. In the future, when the EPA does regulate carbon dioxide emisssions, the cost of generating electricity by coal will increase. LS Power would pass these costs on to ratepayers. Since the Waterloo coal plant would be designed to last for decades, these added financial costs would be borne by both the present and future generations.

Building a large coal burning power plant in Waterloo is going in the wrong direction for our city, our state, our country and our planet.

LS Power has not submitted applications yet with information about the amounts and types of pollutants this plant will emit, therefore I think it is too early for the city of Waterloo to make a decision about annexing the land or rezoning. Please delay this decision till the required applications are submitted.