Most mornings I wake up angry about something over which I have no control and can't solve even though it needs solving. For a long time the power plants in Mexicali and the pending water transfer as well as the Salton Sea issue have been sticking in my throat like a bad tumor that won't go away and the doctors can't fix. When I read Bret Kofford's outstanding commentary on the water transfer and the governor's attitude toward us, I thought I must also have my say, so here it is:
During this past year when dealing with the power plants in Mexico, the gas pipeline through our county and now the water transfer, I have become convinced that Gray Davis and Cruz Bustamante are ready and willing to turn Imperial County into another Owens Valley to appease the water and power hunger of coastal cities.
First, they permit Sempra gas to bring gas through our county in a pipeline to supply two power plants in Mexicali. In these two plants are eight generators of which six sell electricity directly to San Diego or onto the grid. Those six generators have state-of-the-art scrubbers on their stacks to help DIMINISH, not eliminate the amount of pollutants released into the air of the Mexicali and Imperial valleys.