CPV SENTINEL: WRONG IDEA, WRONG TIME, WRONG PLACE
by C.E. Krause, Bob Terry, and Chuck Parker
Until February 2012, no one in the Coachella Valley had heard of the CPV Sentinel natural gas-/fossil fuel-burning, 800-megawatt Power Plant under construction four miles from Palm Springs, CA. No one, that is, but a handful of bought-off politicians and “regulators” who had managed to slip approval of this gross polluter past the public. The owners of the plant plan to make a bloody fortune, selling out our air and water, for their profit. But when members of Occupy Coachella Valley heard about it, a small group of them calling themselves People Over Pollution determined to fight to stop CPV Sentinel from going into operation.
The Coachella Valley is the sun-drenched, wind-swept southern California desert where cities are named for geo-thermal phenomena: Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, and so on. That’s where the “fossil-fool” owners, Mitsubishi and GE, decided to put their gross polluter. They put it right next to the San Andreas Fault, and it sits at the mouth of the bottleneck between the San Jacinto and San Gorgonio Mountains, from which the poisonous air of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties [rated ‘F’ by the American Lung Association] gushes over solar panels and through wind turbines, which produce clean electricity at minimal cost.
The plant’s smokestacks would spew one million tons of carbon dioxide per year, and 277% of the allowable PM2.5, those tiny particles which can enter your body through the pores of your skin and your lungs, and which are proven to worsen conditions like asthma and emphysema and, worse, to cause cancer.If this gross polluter went into operation, the wind would spread these lethal particulates to the cities nestled along the foothills bordering the Coachella Valley, churning with the toxic pollutants from the Salton Sea, then blowing the poisonous concoction as far south as the Mexican border.
CPV Sentinel would require nearly 2000 gallons of pristine water per minute to cool the eight 90-foot tall smokestacks, which over the contracted 30 year life of the plant would come to over 10 billion gallons of our drinking water, renowned country-wide for its purity. The plan is to replace it with contaminated Colorado River water.
Operating the plant would also require highly toxic ammonia gas, to be stored in large tanks nearby which, in an earthquake, could release deadly clouds of gas.
But People Over Pollution and its community allies – Occupy Coachella Valley, Comite Latino, and other local affiliates – are bringing truth to the People by way of demonstrations, city council meetings, petition drives, and town hall forums throughout the Coachella Valley. Our air, water and soil are at stake; our economy, our livelihoods, our lives are at stake; Mother Earth’s survival is at stake.
In the long run, we must take the profit out of the energy industries by making them public property. True political power resides with the People, and once we are armed with the truth and organized, CPV Sentinel can and will be stopped. Please join us in this urgent struggle for survival.
OCV encourages you to visit the Sentinel website at: http://www.cpvsentinel.com where you can contact them with questions about CO2, pm 2.5, and pm 10, toxic pollutants with which the plant will flood the valley. CPV Sentinel Energy Project is located at 62575 Powerline Road, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240 if you want to see for yourself the monstrous smokestacks. This plant poses a very serious risk to the health and well being of all life in the Coachella Valley and we invite you to become involved in shutting it down.