Santee Power Plant: To Be, Or Not To Be.

Hamlet's soliloquy doesn't exactly mirror my divided feelings about taking an active role regarding the Quail Brush Power Plant. Still there's a parallel question. Do I Speak - or remain Silent?

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Oh, NO! Shakespeare? No, this isn't Hamlet's question, it's ours.  Will the people, and the government, and the businesses of Santee, and all citizens in the area who know it's the right thing to do, stand up and take the actions necessary to stop the proposed Quail Brush power plant?  I borrowed the bold words from Bill.

Each of us as citizens should consider our question - Whether 'tis nobler . . . to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous corporations (/Sempra/GoldmanSachs/Cogentrix), or to take arms against a sea of corporate abuses, and by opposing, end them.

For who would bear the Whips and Scorns of corporate "persons,", the Oppressor's wrong,  . . . the Law's delay, the insolence of Office, but for the fear which makes us rather bear those ill wills we have (SDG&E), than fly to others we know not of (). 

Thus Conscience, our thoughts, makes cowards of us all, and the native hue of Resolution is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of Thought. 

And enterprises of great pitch and moment (The stoppage of Quail Brush) . . . lose the name of Action.

It is not so great a stretch.  Each of us, as citizens, parents, grandparents, protectors of our children's future, each of us is being asked to stand up, to take arms against yet another in an endless series of "in your face" environmental insults hurled at us with impunity by the monopoly that is SDG&E, and friends.

These corporate "persons" and their puppets in government expect us to roll over.  But we need not remain silent and invisible.  Silence means surrender and submission.  As Frederick Douglass said, "Power concedes Nothing without a Demand.  It never did, and it never will." 

To bring greater attention to the issue, SaveMissionTrails.org will lead a trek up Cowles Mountain on Saturday at 7:30 am.  Join us, if only as supporters, and invite your friends, too.  Whether you are a Santee resident, or live in the Cajon Valley, or simply a person opposed to corporate abuse of the People and our environment - do the right thing - join in.  Numbers matter to us, and to the media which help spread the word. 

In these turbulent times, our children and grandchildren will either praise us for standing up at a crossroads moment, or curse us for, after being called upon to protect them, remaining silent. So take action. Be a part of this group of citizens like you. 

Stop the power plant?  I can't, but WE CAN!

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Mary June 27, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I’m more worried about the air quality on a hot summer day when that plant would be running non-stop. Sure would like to know the names and e-mail addresses of the Navajo Planner’s Board. It is difficult to attend all these group’s meetings, but when you hear of the disrespect they exhibited on such a sensitive subject, it would be nice to let them know we disapprove of their behavior.
Kevin George June 27, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I don't understand mary, I was listening to one of your representatives last night at the LM Council meeting and he said the plant wasn't needed because there was never a time when a cloud covered the entire region, ( he left out the part about night time) implying that solar/wind was plenty on a hot Summer day. So which is it: The sun provides enough electricity on a sunny day OR on a sunny day when everyones air is on the plant will run non stop?
Mary June 27, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Kevin - My issue is the air quality on a hot summer day when that plant would be running non-stop. Thanks to Santee’s geography and topography, air pollution is nearly synonymous with our city’s name. Just look at the valley from the summit on 52 when you are entering Santee. Given that Santee is located in a low lying valley, surrounded by mountain, foothills and deserts beyond, air circulation becomes limited by default. When we add the volumes of auto exhaust from cars, favorable atmospheric conditions, as well as plenty of sunshine to the mix, we have excellent conditions for unhealthy air quality production. We certainly don‘t need added pollutants from a peaker plant. I don’t know who spoke at the LM Council meeting nor what was said. I would like someone to look into the possibility of using solar and wind energy during daytime hours and the grid for nighttime usage. For many years the grid was our only public source, so that solar and wind should help supplement and therefore save daytime grid consumption, for overnight needs.
David B Secor June 27, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Tomorrow, Thursday at 9am the SD City Council will take up the issue (202 "C" St, 12th Floor, Downtown Admin Bldg- trolley stop). The city must re-zone from open space to heavy industrial to move the plant forward. Be there to speak out for our community! And Spread the Word! Numbers matter! savemissiontrails.org has more info. I will be there! See also sandiegoenergydistrict.org to get more about what's working for Marin County.
Susan Brinchman September 21, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Good for you, David. What are your thoughts on the forced RF radiation exposure from smart meters? Duncan Hunter doesn't seem care about that. I'd like to know if you do.


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