LPEA should examine all source options

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 4:53 PM

There is ongoing contention at the LPEA board meetings over the proposed "long-range planning" committee.

A flyer circulated at the County Commissioners' Land Use Code meeting the night before the January LPEA board meeting urged people to unite against this committee, misrepresenting it as an attempt at a Tri State buyout.

The final vote was 6-5 in favor of the committee meeting once to propose its agenda to the board.

Given that the buy-out agenda is false, what could possibly be wrong with gathering information?

The LPEA board is clearly divided. Let's just say it is between "renewables" and "coal". ideologies that are fueling (pun intended) emotional debate over the future direction of our co-op. The Union of Concerned Scientists has developed a method of attributing climate change to companies according to the share for which they are responsible. It's called Climate Accountability.

Now that the Big Oil companies are being sued by New York State and seven jurisdictions in California, it is only a matter of time until Tri State gets sued. It is unlikely that LPEA would fare well in that scenario, even without Tri State's other outstanding financial burdens.

Perhaps our divided board could unite around what's best for our community and for the environment, both from a health and safety standpoint as well as economically. LPEA co-op members are currently held hostage to an expensive contract for electricity that is not safe for our health or good for our pocketbook.

Lauri Costello