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December 24, 2013

Letter: Plant not a fit for progressive city

To the editor:

I am dismayed that despite scientific evidence about the urgency of controlling and rolling back the impact of global warming, we may be developing another fossil fuel plant in Salem, likely to chain us to fossil fuel for several generations. We are led to believe the choice is between a gas-fueled facility and a rusting, unused eyesore generating no tax revenue. I do not believe that there are no other possibilities for prime waterfront property in this progressive, thriving city. We must also consider pollution at the extraction source of the gas that would be used, as pollution knows no geographic boundaries.

Salem should join the realistic forward thinkers and be a leader in renewable energy strategies while developing more imaginative uses of the waterfront land. We need to put our focus and creative thinking into expediting energy conservation measures and renewables development rather than supporting another fossil-fuel facility.

Cynthia Hibberd

Salem

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