As we recover from our challenging community disagreement about whether to buy into a proposed coal plant, amid all that rancors it’s been easy to agree on one thing: the dialogue lacked real substance or any nuance about how it affected our hometown. Instead it seemed to be a referendum on which “tribe” we belonged to, the tribe that cares about the economy and the tribe that cares about our health.
We think that’s a false choice.
So we’ve taken the challenge to have a better conversation very seriously, and we’ll be having that conversation all year (who knew we could have a conversation longer than a soundbyte). We’ll begin with this discussion that frames the topics that will follow: What do we need to understand about the economics behind our energy choices? How can you move an economy from old fuels to new ones without doing real damage? And are new alternatives even feasible? Join us with a friend who doesn’t agree with you at all, we’ll have disagree in a neighborly way like we ought to have been doing from the beginning.