Last Tuesday, October 18th Houstonians sent a message to Mayor Parker and city council: we want clean air! Sixteen clean air supporters showed up at the city council meeting to deliver hundreds of petitions to Mayor Parker and the council against the White Stallion coal-fired power plant, proposed just 20 miles outside of a region with some of the worst air pollution problems in the country, including Houston.
Roughly half of those present spoke to the council about their concern over the possibility of this coal plant being built so close to Houston where thousands of people already suffer from asthma and other respiratory diseases. Houston leads the state in asthma rates and many must look out for “bad air days” which often determines whether or not they will spend time outdoors. It is evident that the last thing Houston needs is another major ource of smog that will emit the equivalent pollution of 1.7 million cars.
It was a great day at city hall and below are accounts from some of the folks who came out and stood up for air quality. Stay tuned for updates on whether Mayor Parker takes action against this proposed coal plant.
“I thought our being at the council meeting and the talks we delivered made an
impact on the council members. My best moment was when one of the council members starting asking questions about White Stallion Power Plant after one of our speakers, showing that he had paid attention and now wanted more information! That’s how it starts to change. One by one.” – Don
“Highlight of the city council visit was seeing the concern on the Council regarding the White Stallion plant, especially Councilman Ed Gonzalez.” – Bette
“I signed up to be a last minute speaker. Having not planned on speaking, I had nothing prepared. (Scary!) While waiting for my turn to speak, I flipped through the notes packet the team prepared for the Council Members and found some key points that I realized I could use to help deliver “my story” to the Council. Worked out GREAT! So my lasting memory from this event will be a lesson – ‘even when it appears the odds of proving useful may be remote, don’t refrain, you may well end up being a big help’” – Joe