Pharos-Tribune

February 17, 2013

PUBLIC FORUM: Embrace the future of energy


— There has been great speculation and public interest in the proposed power plant. First of all, I am not a customer of LMU, but a resident of Cass County who understands the power needs of the people. It has been an understanding that Duke Energy cannot fulfill the power needs of LMU due to the lack of infrastructure in and out of the city. The current coal powered plant is obviously aging. At some point in time, common sense says shut it down, lay off all the employees, or find an another solution. No one in this community wants to lay off or deplete all the knowledge that these wonderful, dedicated employees have given to the city. At some point in time, we have to find alternative fuels, regardless of the cost. Coal is not a renewable source of energy, once it’s gone, it’s gone! Natural gas is plentiful in America at this time. It’s a viable source of energy for LMU to power the current plant and save many dollars, which I hope would be passed on to the consumers.

I have read about local lawyers opposing this major investment. They do have valid points, but the fact remains, Logansport can be the center of the new economy on energy.

Chicago produced 8,155,086 tons of waste in 2008. How much could we produce to energy, if we shipped this to our community and safely turned it into providing power to our factories, homes, libraries, and schools? We could also tax this trash, garbage, whatever you call it, to provide tax relief to homeowners, business owners, and above all keep our Cass County/Logansport economic infrastructure growing more than any other community in Indiana. The record shows that most of Chicago trash goes to Indiana landfills.

We all have heard of landfills polluting the groundwater, having horrible chemicals and over-filled landfills. How awesome would it be if we could turn everyday trash into a light for our living room?

Sure, it’s a huge investment, but I’m sure the mayor, council members, LMU and all the customers, can support this renewable source, that if done properly can provide economic relief, jobs, and the hope of emptying landfills, supporting new energy, The time has come to forget the past problems, and embrace the future of energy.

Matt Hubenthal, Lucerne