Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Letter to the Power Plant

This is a letter I sent to the fine people running the "Caithness" project, which is a fossil fuel burning plant set to be constructed ONE mile from my house on Long Island.

To Whom It May Concern:

        From what I understand after attending meetings in opposition to the construction of this energy facility, it appears to be just another fossil fuel burning plant. Except this time, it will be visible from my parent's house. Currently, I am living in New Paltz and I was considering returning to Brookhaven. However, if this power plant is built and running, it is highly unlikely that I will return. The risks of disasters, pollution and contamination of our already deplorable water supply is not the kind of environment in which I would like to raise my family.
        The map of Brookhaven which is featured on your website is dated 1991. There have been extensive additions to our community over the past 15 years, including new homes, grocery stores, home improvement stores and shopping centers. You will be endangering a larger population of people than this maps leads others to believe. There are over 20 schools within in the vincinity of this power plant as well; yet they are absent from your map.
        Furthermore, with the current consumption of oil raising by 2.8% each year world wide, there is only about 30 years of oil left. Building another fossil fuel plant makes no sense. It would be wise to construct a solar energy plant or making use of the off shore breezes by installing fans and turbines to harness the power of the wind. Then you would have my full support. Both of these sources of energy are renewable and cause NO pollution. Nor do they contribute the greenhouse effect and the ever increasing temperature of the Earth. This is our only planet and we need to start treating it that way. As late Chief Seattle stated, "All things are connected like the blood which unites one family. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons and daughters of the Earth."

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