, Salem, MA


February 21, 2014

Letter: A day of nonsense

To the editor:

I too attended the rally both for and against the new power plant that is proposed to be constructed right next to an existing regional sewage treatment plant industrial site. I bet that nearly none of those objecting and attending even knew that this industrial use site even existed.

While I was there, I stood in the protesters’ camp and listened to what they were saying to each other. Most of it was nonsense. Then, I moseyed over to someone being interviewed for a TV camera, and I was curious as to what the message being put forth might consist of.

I stood listening to your column writer Sue Kirby’s interview on NECN. She spouted off some of the most misinformed, clap-trap talking points from the perpetually naive environmental groups I have ever heard. Nothing she said made sense, unless she was having herbal tea with more of her mutually nodding head ilk. She knew nothing about the reality of what will actually take place. Nothing!

Eighty-five percent of that rent-a-rabble were easily led college students, hippies for life and the occasional professional troublemaker out for a good time, too. We saw all this before when Seabrook attracted the same legion of losers a couple of decades ago. Maybe Jordan’s Furniture could run a sale on “beds you can hide under” for the easily fearful.

I inquired where many of them came from: Marblehead, Arlington, Cambridge, Concord and other wispy, NIMBY suburbs, was the answer. None of which have a single wind farm, solar field or other escapee from Popular Science magazine’s futuristic ideas. But, they insist that we must.

Those wind, solar and hydro energy sources she so dearly loves can only provide a pittance of power compared to the Footprint plant and only part time. The existing 40 wind turbines in Massachusetts only provide 36,000 kilowatts of power. That is chump change compared to what can readily be linked directly into the existing Salem power grid system and be powered by a nearly dedicated fuel source that does not come from the dreaded “fracking” as many in attendance want to believe. That source has been installed and running safely beneath Beverly Harbor for more than 10 years with no problems. Real or imagined.

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