Wednesday, November 14, 2007

1,854 Letters

Jim Black of the Clean Air Council tells me that he delivered 1,854 letters to the Public Service Commission (PSC) yesterday. WHYY's Delaware Tonight has a film clip of him handing over a heavy stack of paper to the PSC staff.
So many people have sent in substantive, thoughtful letters and emails on wind power that I find myself overwhelmed. I can hardly express what this outpouring of support for wind means except to say that PSC Chair Arnetta McRae and other state officials involved in this process have repeatedly mentioned that they have taken note of the unprecedented public interest in this issue.
The correspondence on wind power is notable, and not just in terms of numbers. Knowledgeable advocates like Pat Gearity, John Austin, Bill and Kit Zak, Kim Furtado, Joan Deaver, Marc Weiss, Nancy Sedmak-Weiss, Allan Muller, Ellen Lebowitz, and Delaware ACORN (this is not a complete list) have made substantive contributions to the case for wind power. Elected officials like John Kowalko, Jack Markell, John Carney, Matt Denn and my city councilman, Cam Hay have offered thoughtful comments in favor of keeping the negotiations going. Jeremy Firestone and Willet Kempton have done terrific work making the case for, and refuting the case against, wind power. It will probably take the PSC several days just to get all of these comments up on its website. Delaware Watch, Delaware Way, Delawareliberal, First State Politics and kavips have posted many of these submissions as well as their own comments.
Taken together, the analyses and the letters have made a powerful case that the overwhelming public sentiment in favor of wind power is based not just on environmental considerations, but on a sound understanding of our long term economic interest. Thank you all.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Tommy,
This is Nick from the Power Shift group. I'm really excited to read about such an enormous amount of response from the public. Thanks for getting the word out on how to act. I'm proud to be one of the 1854, and wish you the best of luck in winning the fight for the wind farm

10:13 AM, November 18, 2007  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

Thanks Nick. Acutally your letter isn't one of the 1,854 which were gathered by Clean Air Council. Your letter is among the hundreds more the PSC received. It's increasingly clear that state officials have noticed the public outpouring of support for wind power.

11:07 AM, November 18, 2007  

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