RI IPL Opposes Fracked-Gas Power Plant
RI Interfaith Power & Light strongly opposes the proposed fracked-gas power-plant in Burrillville on moral grounds. As people of faith we must speak up for the truth of any matter and in support of the well-being of all people and God’s Creation.
The truth is that this power plant is not needed for RI’s energy needs. Jobs created would be temporary and small in number compared to the permanent jobs that could be provided by the emerging renewable energy industry. The official information provided to the public plays down the plant’s harmful effects on the climate by selectively picked scientific data that ignore other highly relevant science.
This fracked-gas power plant would adversely affect the people living in Burrillville and the surrounding area, especially their water supply, and the health of all Rhode Islanders and neighboring states. It would also degrade the last remaining old growth forest in RI with its rich diversity of plants and animals. Even more catastrophic would be its impact on climate change because of the huge amount of carbon dioxide it would emit, and because of methane leaks involved in the production and distribution of fracked natural gas: methane is a much more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Decisions such as not building this power-plant will determine whether Earth will continue to support human civilization, or conversely, whether our children, future generations, and all of God’s Creation will suffer from our failure to adequately address climate change with great urgency.