There are aspects of the Renewable Denton plan which I like and admire. I like increasing our renewables to 70% and admit that doing so further elevates our city as a leader in renewable energy consumption. I like that we will be able to divest from the Gibbons Creek coal plant.
But here is what I don’t like and why I think we must continue the work of developing alternative plans with DME:
WE WILL BE INCREASING LOCAL (MEANING HERE IN DENTON) CO2 EQUIVALENT EMISSIONS BY 711,813 TONS PER YEAR FOR THE NEXT 20+ YEARS.
That is the same as putting the greenhouse gasses from an additional 135,946 passenger vehicles in Denton! Our air quality is already rated an “F” by the American Lung Association. Denton already has some of the the worst air quality in the North Central Texas region.
We just can’t add to the problem with these two natural gas power plants. Our city and region is already faced with enough challenges to our air quality as we continue to grow. We are making decisions with decades long impacts, but I fear we are thinking too short term.
I am not anti-growth. I am pro-responsible-growth. And I understand the energy needs of our city are growing and will need to be met. I just feel strongly that a healthy environment and clean air are critical components to sustained growth here in Denton. When I make decisions, I am thinking about how that decision will impact Denton four generations from now. If you follow my logic, spread the word. And join me on Sunday from 2-4PM at the North Branch Library for the next District 2 Conversation which will be dedicated to explroing alternatives to the current Renewable Denton plan. All citizens of Denton are welcomed. FaceBook invite: http://tinyurl.com/qx64oo5
Your humble representative,
Keely G. Briggs
Denton City Council, District 2
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