A renewable energy future
It is this vision of increased wind and solar power — both of which are far more viable when partnered with quick-start gas plants that can power up immediately when the wind stops blowing or the sun stops shining — that has convinced SAFE to support the Footprint project. Our support, however, remains conditional, based on our assessment of the environmental impact of the plant and Footprint’s willingness to negotiate a positive Community Benefits Agreement with the City of Salem.
Whether this plant plays a role in reducing carbon emissions regionally and globally rests on whether local and regional leaders and community members insist upon it. It is up to us as a society and a community to embrace that potential and support and pursue ways to live more lightly on this planet.
Jeff Barz-Snell and Patricia Gozemba are members of The Salem Alliance for the Environment. A more detailed version of this statement can be found at salemsafe.org.