Come-on baby, light my fire

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.



Filed under Between the Lines

6 responses to “Come-on baby, light my fire

  1. Glen N. Tolhurst

    If one was to analyze “the smoke being blown” would it reveal BC Bud?

    • Glen N. Tolhurst: Do you think that as a revenue generator, the city may legalize pot? It would be another “first” for Farbridge and her supporters. Just think: Guelph, Pot capital of Canada.

  2. jerry

    Maybe this is a way to dispose of them poop tanks that nobody wants.

    • jerry: There’s a solution to every problem. Only the wise and open minded can discover them. A characteristic that appears in limited quantities among our councillors.

  3. jerry

    I agree with you on this one.But it seems common sense has left Guelph.

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