We humans hit the jackpot. We live on a living planet, and we are endowed with the capacity to use rational thought and to care broadly. One rational thing we can do is retire the Bridgeport Harbor Coal Plant.
We can generate electricity, while caring for our health and the environment. On peak power days in the summer, when it is sunny and hot, Germany is getting up to 40 percent of its electricity from solar. (Heinrich Boell Foundation, 2012).
Coal and oil played a role in improving our living standards but are now the main reason we have poor air quality as well as climate disruption. In 2011 the Bridgeport Harbor Coal Plant was ranked the eighth worst environmental justice offender out of 431 coal plants across the country. Generating electricity from renewable energy creates seven times more jobs than using coal (Goldman School of Public Policy and Haas School of Business, 2010).
Connecticut deserves better. May 14, 6:30 p.m. at Bridgeport City Hall Annex, 999 Broad Street, Bridgeport, you can tell the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to protect our health and our air and replace coal with clean energy. Written comments will be accepted.