I got this e-mail from a fellow Sierra Club member:
Now that the caucuses are behind us, there is another way to get involved in energy and environmental issues. We have a special treat for you this month – international global warming spokesman and Iowa native Dr. James Hansen of NASA will be returning to Iowa the week of January 14th to testify against the construction of a new coal burning power plant in Marshalltown. We need your help today to convince Governor Culver and the Iowa Utilities Board to listen to the scientific experts, and the people of Iowa, and reject the construction of this major new source of pollution. Our leaders should choose a clean, efficient energy future that will help Iowa’s economy grow. They should put off any decision on dirty, expensive coal until we determine if efficiency and renewable power are sufficient to power the state. Please take thirty seconds to contact the Iowa Utilities Board by clicking on the link below:
Then let us know you wrote the Iowa Utilities Board by just replying to this email (mark.kresowik AT sierraclub.org). An even more powerful action would be writing a letter in hard copy and faxing it to the Governor’s Office at 515-281-6611 (fax) or sending it to:
Governor Chet Culver and Lt. Governor Patty Judge
Des Moines, IA 50319
Best yet, come testify in person to the Iowa Utilities Board starting at 10:00 AM on Monday, January 14th at the Whitehall Auditorium on the grounds of the Iowa Veterans Home (1301 Summit St, Marshalltown) .
According to a recent survey nearly four out of five Iowans think that “Iowa should focus on increased (energy) conservation steps and more fuel efficiency to reduce demand for electricity before it constructs new coal-fired power plants” (http://plainsjustice.org/survey-iowa-voters-say-no-new-coal/). Coal burning power plants are the single largest source of global warming pollution in the United States and Iowa is over-dependent on this dirty form of energy. The first step we need to take to combat global warming is to stop the construction of proposed coal plants in Marshalltown and Waterloo and invest in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Governor should continue his pledge to make Iowa the renewable energy capitol of the world and stop these plants. Please contact the Iowa Utilities Board and the Governor today:
You can also hear Dr. Hansen and other expert witnesses for the Office of the Consumer Advocate and Plains Justice – who have concluded unanimously that the Marshalltown plant is unnecessary and will in fact put Iowa ratepayers at far greater risk than more prudent alternatives – in person on January 16th at 7:00 PM at the State Historical Building (600 East Locust) in Des Moines or January 17th at 7:00 PM at Old Brick (26 E. Market) in Iowa City.