Posted November 8, 2012
In a post “State of the City” interview, the Mayor spoke of burning garbage to generate electricity and heat building from the thermal energy produced from … an incinerator.
Five years ago such a suggestion was ignored when the Farbridge dominated council approved a five-year “Community Energy Initiative”. This decision is responsible for the millions spent today to process wet garbage into useable compost, and recyclables sorted and sold to refining facilities.
Back then the technology for controlling emissions from an incinerator was readily available. Several examples were given of successful waste to power and heat operating in the northern part of Europe.
But the environmentalists on council stubbornly shunned the proposal.
The mayor indicated that only that garbage that is not processed in the city’s current waste plants would be used in the Incinerator.
Is the mayor doing a Mitt Romney here?
First in 2007, she refuses to consider the incineration option. Now she muses it might be workable.
Did this administration blow an opportunity to use our garbage to power our homes and businesses?
Some $50 million spent processing garbage later, there’s some political smoke being blown here.