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‘A very critical issue’

Reed joins Edwards, others in supporting project

July 13, 2013

Along the shores of Lake Erie in Dunkirk Friday, with NRG as a backdrop, officials from federal, state, county and local governments gathered at the Clarion Hotel for a press conference to support......

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Jul-13-13 6:54 AM

"The Sierra Club has been out there hitting the airwaves and hitting the emails, hitting people out there. Granted they have viable positions they can make but I don't want somebody from California and the Sierra Club determining the future of Chautauqua County. I want the people who live here, who work here, who rely on the services that we provide and the futures that they want for their children making this decision," Edwards said.

Hello Mr flash...many of us who live and work here are MEMBERS of the Sierra Club and have been for years. It is NOT an outside group. It is people like me who have a strong interest in our environment.

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Jul-13-13 7:06 AM

To clarify...I am greatly torn by the issue of the NRG. I realize the devastation the closing of this plant would do to our community. I would not like to see the loss of jobs, the resulting increase in poverty, not to mention the increase in taxes and the lowering of services, including teachers, for our residents.

At the same time, I am greatly concerned with environmental issues. Where will they get the gas? Is this a pathway to unconventional drilling in our area (fracking)?

Can they do both..use natural gas, while at the same time implementing some alternative energy sources? (NRG is supposedly one of the leaders in green energy)

I hate that the lack of forward thinking and planning has brought us to this situation. I think it is equally insulting for our elected officials to think that only outsiders would care about our environment.

I do not think I am alone in caring deeply about BOTH, preventing the closing of the plant....AND...the environment.

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Jul-13-13 7:45 AM

Have you ever considered a move to the "left coast" Judeye? You'd feel much more comfortable there.

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Jul-13-13 9:31 AM

Judy, why is it OK in your eyes to throw away $500,000,000 of our tax money to a company like Solyndra who had a poor record and was on the verge of collapse, but you don't think it is allowable for a company like NRG to spend the same amount of their own money to convert a power plant to a cleaner fuel, keep our tax base up, and bring in 500 jobs to the area for construction? Are you that financially stupid, that you can not see that this does not make sense? Sustainability is a good thing, but we need to start with our wallets, or everything else fails.

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Jul-13-13 8:52 PM

How much electricity does NRG produce for Western New York? Answer very little. Most of the energy used in Western New York comes from out of state. Now why would NRG want to invest money in a plant that would take decades to recoup. Businesses are in the business of making money not losing it. That is what makes NRG different from the Government. See, the government just keeps throwing good money after bad. Business does not do that. So the officials holding the conference should remember that when election time rolls around.

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