NRG makes a breathtakingly bad proposal

NRG makes a breathtakingly bad proposal

Copyright 2012: Houston Chronicle | Wednesday, October 3, 2012

“We like open markets – even when the market in question involves smog. So there’s a lot we like about the Texas “cap and trade” system that allows companies to trade pollution credits.

A decade ago, Texas limited the total amount of ozone-forming gunk that companies in the Houston region can emit, then divided credits for that total among the companies in question. Companies that made big cuts in their emissions got to sell credit for some of the pollution they saved to a buyer that wouldn’t meet the standards otherwise. Both companies gained flexibility. And our air is now dramatically cleaner.

Of course, “cleaner” doesn’t mean “clean enough” or “with cleanliness to spare.” Houston, which ranks among the smoggiest cities in the nation, still has a long way to go.

That’s why we’re outraged by a cap-and-trade deal that NRG Energy is proposing. As reported last week by the Chronicle’s Matthew Tresaugue (“NRG asks for smog offsets at new plant,” Page B1, Sept. 27), NRG would like to build a power plant that would release 53 tons of volatile organic compounds into Houston-area air each year. But in Houston, the company is not able to buy enough credits to create that much smog-producing gunk. Our region is already in violation of federal ozone limits. We have no clean air to spare.

So what does NRG propose? It’s asked the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for permission to buy the credits it needs from the Dallas area, which has credits and clean air to spare.

Deals like this would mean that Dallas’ air, already cleaner than ours, would become cleaner still. And Houston’s smoggy air would grow even smoggier.

We hope that the TCEQ and the EPA have the good sense to reject that breathtaking proposal.

Clean air can’t be outsourced to other cities. We breathe where we live.”

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Until next time,

About Polly Heil-Mealey, ND, P.Sc., HHP, M.Ed., C.C.I.

Dr. Polly Heil-Mealey is the Past-President of the International Iridology Practitioners Association (IIPA), as well as an IIPA Certified Iridologist with a Master’s Degree in Education, and a Naturopathic degree. She has been involved in education and Biblical health care since 1994. Dr. Polly has been active in both television and radio, presenting community service programs covering various topics. An international traveler, she gives seminars on alternative health practices, incorporating iridology and Biblical nutritional counseling. Dr. Polly now uses her expert ability to communicate vital and useful information to help her clients build or restore their health. One of Dr. Polly’s greatest passions is to see her clients restore their health through natural therapies. Every success story confirms the need for education in holistic practices. Dr. Polly brings a high level of dedication and commitment to her clientele. She has touched the lives of many with her concern and selfless devotion. The verse “My people perish for lack of knowledge,” is a scripture that touches every level of society. As clients learn and understand holistic protocols, they are able to improve their health drastically by incorporating diet and lifestyle changes. Dr. Polly is married to Stephen Hale, and together they have eight children. Both are very active in their church and serve on various boards in their community. Dr. Polly is also the director of Women’s Ministries of her church. Dr. Polly and Stephen reside in Humble, Texas.
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