Gasification technology makes CO2
sequestration far more feasible and reduces the emissions
of other pollutants such as mercury. IGCC also has much lower water
demands. Unfortunately, the Glades County Economic Development
Council voted to support the pulverized technology, despite attempts by
Dr. Capece to amend the resolution to request a carbon capture
design. In doing so, the EDC was effectively stating that a global
warming problem does not exist or that it is not a serious concern
worthy of its action.
This led Intelligentsia to participation in a statewide
information campaign, opposing the pulverized coal design. Even
presidential candidate, John Edwards, came to our area
to speak on the issue in a special climate change rally.
The State of Florida eventually recognized the will of people
and rejected FPL's coal plant request - a dramatic change from what was
the expected outcome. Building upon what the grassroots efforts
started, the Florida governor followed up with a climate
change summit featuring speeches by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The lesson
of this local experience shows that small, grassroots effort can
and does make a difference in a democracy.
During your time with Intelligentsia,
you will have an opportunity to learn
more about these issues, which in wider perspective affects
all of us. Ask yourself - are you willing to contribute
towards improving life for people everywhere?