SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Opinion

February 14, 2014

Our view: Hopeful signs on the power plant

It was most welcome news this week that a settlement is in the works between Footprint Power and the Conservation Law Foundation over the proposed new power plant on Salem Harbor.

The CLF, one of the state’s largest and most influential environmental groups, has filed suit to stop the natural gas plant, which would replace the old coal and oil plant on the site now. That plant will close this year. Now both sides have signaled that they are close to an agreement .

We understand and applaud the goals of activists fighting to reduce the use of fossil fuels. But we agree with the Salem Alliance for the Environment that the proposed plant is a useful bridge technology that can help meet the region’s power needs until a time when solar and wind sources can do the job alone. The new gas plant will be far less polluting than what’s there now.

A deal would be a big win for the city of Salem, which, unfortunately, some are content to dismiss as collateral damage in the battle over fossil fuels. If this new plant were to be blocked, the city could lose millions of dollars in much-needed tax revenue, and be left with a polluted, undeveloped piece of waterfront property, owned by a private entity. This proposal is the city’s best chance to get the site cleaned up and open acres more of the waterfront to other, better development possibilities.

The willingness of both sides to hammer out a compromise is a harbinger of better things to come.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion

AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Comments Tracker
Roll Call
Helium debate
Helium