Four of the candidates made it clear at last night’s debate they are in favor of the Highwood Generating Station - Bill Bronson, Elna Hensley, Diane Jovick-Kuntz and Larry Steele.
There is an article in today’s Billings Gazette by the Associated Press that in recent months at least 16 coal-fired power plant proposals have been scrapped and more than three dozen plants have been delayed due to increasing pressure brought by concerns over global warming and rising construction costs. (This same article was published today in the Tribune’s offline edition, but I could not find the online link).
This is an issue that is brought up time and again at city commission meetings, but continues to fall on deaf ears. Why is our commission and those candidates who support this boondoggle so quick to ignore what is happening in the rest of the nation and assume this plant will be so different as to rise above the rest? Today’s technology is what it is, and SME, no matter what their spin, cannot change that.