Howdy Folks!! Welcome to Texas’ good neighbor policy
July 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
. . . raining SOx, NOx, coal soot, and mercury on its neighboring states!
Political leaders and utility insiders in Texas are pounding the EPA once again. In the wake of an anti government biennium legislative session and in the glow of the governor’s presidential aspirations, there is not much hope for protecting the environment in Texas or even in Texas’ neighboring states. So, eat our soot Oklahoma and Louisiana. Are you surprised?
Simply stated, The EPA is concerned that some of the dirtiest coal-fired plants in Texas not only are fouling the air in the Lone Star State but also are sending their toxic message to downwind neighbors: Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana. If this is the case, then the EPA has regulations that would require these plants to install equipment to reduce emissions.
Not surprisingly, Texas politicians and businesses are not happy with the thought of spending money to employ yesterday’s scrubber technology to clean Texas’s dirty coal-fired plants. According to news reports, lobbyists for Luminant, the wholesale power generation unit of Energy Future Holdings, are complaining that this regulation may trigger the closure of four antique coal-fired plants.
Panic . . . business leaders apparently don’t like clean air either and are worried the price of electricity may increase. Oh no. Republicans and Democrats are complaining to Washington that the EPA should protect business not those of us that breathe air for living, and of course, our misnamed TCEQ (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality) with its three commissioners carefully selected by the governor whine that EPA decisions punish Texas. Punish? Really?
STOP!! TEXAS, are you there? Have you had enough? It’s time to take a stand!
- Governor, PUCT, TCEQ, Texas businesses; you are wrong. The people of Texas are more interested in a clean air than cheap and dirty energy. Just try asking.
- TCEQ . . . honestly, consider resigning.
- Texas politicians . . . who are your constituents? Dirty air is not a political ideology.
- Energy Future Holdings . . . is this our energy future – dirty, antiquated coal-fired plants?
- EPA . . . thank you . . . our children need a voice in this fight.
Citizens of Texas . . . what’s up?
It was the 4th of July . . . now it’s time to act independently. Install a small-scale solar electricity system on your home or business and retire those dirty coal plants with your own actions. The governor and the state legislature do not make it easy, but they cannot stop you. Take a stand for clean energy . . . one home, one business at a time.
A grid-tied solar electricity system is affordable, it’s economic, and it’s scalable. A small-scale solar electricity system works just fine. No fuel, no water, no noise, no moving parts, no emissions. Your solar electricity system will last 30 to 40 years.
Say no to Texas insiders; say yes to a clean sustainable energy future . . . just a little at a time. Do not wait on assistance or inspiration from your politicians. They are busy.
Chet Boortz, CEO
[The comments, positions, and opinions stated above are my own and may or may not represent those of SES 21 USA and its affiliate companies.]