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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

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DECEMBER 01, 2013 / BY JESUS IÑIGUEZ So Cal does not need new fossil fuel power plants!


1. Pio Pico will emit over half a million tons of CO2 per year and cost 1.6 billion.
Citations: SDG&E Bill Insert: Notice of Application 13-06-XXX To Fill the Local Capacity Requirement Need Identified in CPUC Decision 13-03-029, [https://www.sdge.com/sites/default/files/documents/920709556/PioPico.pdf]; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region IX, Fact Sheet and Ambient Air Quality Impact Report For a Clean Air Act Prevention of Significant Deterioration Permit, Pio Pico Energy Center PSD Permit Number SD 11-01, June 2012; California Energy Commission, Pio Pico Energy Center Final Staff Assessment, CEC-700-2012-004-FSA, Docket Number 11-AFC-01, May 2012.

2. Power plant is proposed for an area that is 2/3rds Latino and only 1.3 miles from Tijuana, home to one MILLION people
Citation for 2/3rd Latino demographic info: CalEnviroScreen 1.1 Statewide ZIP Code Results.
Citation for distance: Geographic analysis by Environmental Health Coalition, based on SANGIS and Google Earth data sources.


3. The proposal locks California into a 25 year contract. This means dirty fossil fuel will be burning until 2042!
Citation: SDG&E Bill Insert: Notice of Application 13-06-XXX To Fill the Local Capacity Requirement Need Identified in CPUC Decision 13-03-029, [https://www.sdge.com/sites/default/files/documents/920709556/PioPico.pdf]

4. Solar panel initiatives create jobs for our communities! For every $1 million invested, we get 14 living wage jobs, versus 5 with "natural gas" EDIT: Take out "living wage"
Citation: Profile of Clean Energy Investment Potential, City of Los Angeles. Environmental Defense Fund and UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. Available online at: [http://www.edf.org/LAcleanenergy]

5. 89% of Latino voters have a clear preference for solar over other dirty energy sources.
Citation: Willie C. Velasquez Institute poll, available online at Californians Against Utilities Stopping Solar Energy.

6. 87% of Latinos think it is necessary to take steps to counter the effects of global warming right away.
Citation (for both the 58 and 87 #'s): Public Policy Institute of California, PPIC Statewide Survey: Californians and the Environment July 2013.