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 5

5. Laura Jackson, Washington St., Cedar Falls

Good evening and thank you. My name is Laura Jackson I live in CF and I’m a scientist. I’ve been reading about Global Warming in the scientific literature for 17 years now. I think it’s sometimes difficult to remember that we’re all in this together weather we live in Waterloo or Cedar Falls or Hudson on anywhere in our region. We drink the same water, we breathe the same air. We share the same economy…and the same climate. And we are probably getting tired and hungry right now as well…

The scientific consensus is that this climate change that we’re seeing now is getting worse…it’s going to be very painful and very expensive across the world, and disproportionately burden upon the poor, the poor everywhere. There have been several spurious arguments raised tonight about the Power Plant and I would like to address four of them.

The first is that the EPA will protect us. We have seen that the EPA is under attack now because it has not been protecting us. It has recently lost a law suit about regulating CO2. The supreme court ruled that it must .. actually… The EPA is also under a lot of pressure from lobbyists, campaigners, and the electric utilities industry according to the Center of Responsible Politics which keeps a detailed data base of lobbying so that the electric utilities industry is ranked 3rd in campaign contributions, lobbying and that revolving door between the electric utilities lobbyists and the EPA regulators.

So there are many good reasons to think that the EPA is in fact NOT protecting our health and will continue to not protect our health, as they are supposed to do.

2. Second, the economic study that was funded by LS Power. I know the economist who ran that study. And he made it very clear in the newspaper and to me personally that he was not supposed to count economic costs, only economic benefits of this study! Now this is a serious state of denial. And not good for us in the long term.

3. Third, biofuels. It would take 50,000 acres of switchgrass to fuel just 5 percent of LS Power’s electric needs. $400,000 as little donation to UNI will not be enough to buy or lease 50,000 acres of land in Black Hawk County, it’s going to take a little bit more than that. Finally, I would like to say bravo to LS Power’s renewable projects or their research, and once you’re ready with a proposal we will welcome you with open arms.