From Evan Weber ’13:
In the last couple of weeks, it has come to my attention that the University is moving FAST on plans to build a new natural gas co-generation plant at Freeman to make most of the campus “energy independent.” In the university’s greenhouse gas reports, it has used the installation of the co-gen plant on High Street as a source of significant greenhouse gas reductions. While co-generation is a more efficient technology than traditional power plants (uses excess heat produced by combustion to heat buildings), such a strong capital investment in fossil fuel technology would cripple our community’s ability to move to true energy independence through renewable technologies. This doesn’t even begin to touch on the fact that domestic natural gas is largely extracted in this country through hydraulic fracturing (“hydrofracking” or “fracking”) which poses huge moral questions of environmental justice and may have a larger life-cycle carbon footprint than coal.
This power plant is being considered at the request of President Roth to find a way for the University to be almost completely up and running in less than 6 hours if something like last year’s October blackout were to happen again.
WE NEED TO SHOW THE ADMINISTRATION THAT THE LIABILITY OF MISSING A FEW DAYS OF CLASSES IS NOTHING COMPARED TO THE BURDEN OF FURTHER INVESTMENT IN THE MORAL HAZARD THAT IS THE CLIMATE CRISIS
I AM CALLING FOR AN EMERGENCY ORGANIZING MEETING IN THE UOC (190 High Street) AT 9 PM ON TUESDAY NIGHT (10/9)
TO DISCUSS TACTICS AND STRATEGY
The committee working on the Power Plant plans to present to the Board of Trustees on 10/20, so we need to act fast.
Date: Tonight, October 9th
Place: UOC, 190 High Street