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April 2, 2014

KITCHELL: Latest LMU move one step forward, two back

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Too many unanswered questions which consultants can’t answer, including what happens if the Environmental Protection Agency cracks down on emissions from Pyrolyzer plants as it has with coal-fired plants, which affect far more communities that pyrolysis.

If city officials are serious about considering “all comers” when it comes to energy proposals, an open, public discussion involving a proposal from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency should be considered, and should be made available for public scrutiny. Business owners, cost accountants, economic analysts and typical Logansport residents who know how to operate a calculator should be able to see numbers that public officials are seeing and decide for themselves what the next logical step for Logansport’s energy future should be.

We have wasted over a million dollars so far on the pyrolysis proposal the city considered last year, and we may have wasted many jobs in the process. As the debate continues to unfold, we all should be asking our city officials how long we should wait to make a decision that 59 other Indiana communities that have joined IMPA made a long time ago and why all those cities aren’t buying power from Duke Energy or another investor-owned utility.

Dave Kitchell is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at ptnews@pharostribune.com.

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