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We’ve all heard the phrases “Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY)” and “Think Globally, Act Locally.”
But have you ever considered how the phrases might apply to you? Let’s take NIMBY, for example.
None of us would want a junk yard, pig farm, or coal-fired power plant in our backyard. But how do you define backyard?
If a coal-fired power plant were literally sitting in your backyard it would have quite an impact on you. But if it were out of sight but still affected you, would it still be in your backyard, figuratively speaking?
Is there any doubt about the pollutants being dumped into our atmosphere from coal-fired power plants? The effects of the released green house gases are well documented.
You’ve heard the warnings about eating fish from certain areas because of the mercury risk. The mercury comes from burning coal. There are no power plants in the streams or lakes but the lakes, streams and fish are affected nevertheless.
We have exactly these power plants in the Farmington area with plans underway for another. Will that affect you; is it in your backyard?
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