“It’s really not personal,” Ehrlich said of her disagreement with Keenan. “Our communities have very different interests...
“For over 60 years, residents of this area have had to live with the public health consequences of living downwind from a coal-burning power plant. For those 60 years, no tax revenue, only pollution, flowed to surrounding communities...”
Ehrlich doesn’t buy the argument by Footprint supporters like Keenan that the new gas plant will be much cleaner than other gas plants in the region and will reduce overall pollution by replacing the power provided by those “dirtier” facilities. Nor is she swayed by the argument that this will be a so-called “bridge” plant until a time when wind, solar and other renewable sources can provide a greater share of the region’s energy needs.
She simply does not see the need for a new fossil-fuel plant on the Salem waterfront — right across from Marblehead.
“As a state representative and a resident of a downwind community, I cannot see any reason to support the plant,” she said.
Tom Dalton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.