DentonRecord-Chronicle reported on the 1/23/16 Saturday morning public meeting
“Skeptics remain after power plan Q&A”
for the plan to build TWO natural gas fired power plants in Denton TX.
BACKGROUND: First Denton citizens voted to ban fracking, then HB40 came along with a state-wide ban on fracking bans. Now the city is looking to build two natural gas fired plants investing in what many believe to soon to be an obsolete, unsustainable fossil fuel energy source…why create a demand for NG that BTW smacks in the face of “take that” for the citizens that tried to ban fracking there?
Please read these comments I (boldfaced for emphasis) from Jodi Ismert (Facebook Denton Matters) coverage/comment is so chilling!!!!!!!!!!!!
THIS IS THE STORY PEOPLE NEED TO HEAR BECAUSE IT SHOWS THEY ARE CLOSED MINDED TO RESEARCHING THE AVAILABLE RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGIES..tisk tisk tisk!
Jodi Ismert ·
“The Q&A session felt more like an extenstion of the OpenHouse we had in the fall. It felt like the same sales pitches were just reiterated again and again to every question posed. If you go back and watch, the answers given weren’t a response to the question itself. For example, I asked a question about emissions as a whole, but different individuals kept giving me a rehearsed response to proposed emissions that will be recorded on the books. I wasn’t looking for the energy equivalent of book value, I was looking for all totals without the energy equivalent of writedowns. No one would answer the question directly even though I know the answer: which is “yes, we will be increasing total emissions from today’s baseline”. No one would answer directly. Also, when another citizen asked for a yes or no answer to whether combining the emissions from both plants would make it a major source, no one would answer this question directly. The answer is “yes”, but instead of answering the question, this citizen was given another portion of the rehearsed sales pitch and when she asked the question again, they just kept repeating the sales pitch not answering her question. She finally moved on to the next question after a while of this avoidance. I also noticed that there was at least one council member and PUB officials sitting at the back of the room together and laughing and jeering at citizens asking questions, if any citizen asked more than 2 questions in response to the non-answers from the panel, the PUB members would shout and jeer at the citizens and say they had asked their one question and to move on. These were the ONLY people in the crowd yelling at citizens. I find it reprehensible that they would do this considering they are supposed to represent citizens’ interests and should be INTERESTED and curious what our thoughts are, but it was quite the opposite. The fact that the PUB is appointed by the council and the council is voted-in by the citizens, I think we absolutely need new representation of council and a overhaul of appointees on the PUB asap! It was very unprofessional. When I was standing in line, I was actually scolded by a PUB representative for clapping for a fellow citizen’s questions. Unacceptable. Who do they think they represent. I also saw one city council person laughing at citizens’ questions and at one point, he fell asleep. I found this to be so disrespectful.
Citizens want to be able to direct and have a say in the future and vision of our city. We should have representatives who want to work collaboratively with us instead of this nonsense. I believe some of our representatives do want to do this and others are starting to truly work with us. I hope that trend continues instead of what we experienced at this Q&A session. I had a meeting with a city council person recently and I believe this is the type of direction he wants as well. I think we can do this and the city just needs to be a willing partner instead of so set in their decisions”.
U P D A T E !!! FB post 1/24/2016
I wanted to post a mildly public note to my own page. I’m in tears and beside myself this evening. It’s one thing for a city councilman to come after me, but to take photos of my daughter that are still on his phone without our permission is simply reprehensible. I’m beyond words at this point. The level of harrassment and intimidation in this act are completely inexcusable and if you see this, I genuinely hope you will not support it from a city official. Talk about social injustice and an imbalance in power….this is just beyond that. I can’t.
Jodi Ismert Kevin Roden heard from a twitter follower that we were canvassing to help a D1 committee conduct recall efforts in his district by getting signatures. He drove around and found us, rolled down his window snapped photos of Jen Lane me and worse of all, my 6 year old daughter, then yelled at us and drove off. He has since posted them to his facebook page in an attempt to intimidate and humiliate us. I’ve asked him to remove the photos of my daughter and me from his phone and to also take the photos down, but he hasn’t responded to this request. I’ve already filed a police report and the officer told me that if he proceeded to post the photos,, i could file harassment charges so i plan to do this tomorrow. It’s dispicable that a public official with power would choose to behave in such a despotic manner. He is a public figure using my images to intimidate and harm me and i am a citizen not a public figure. It’s slanderous, but really i’m most concerned about my daughter’s image being on his phone and what he will choose to do with those. I can’t get this out of my mind.
Jennifer Lane The second time, when he honked loudly 4 times, it was at Tobias and me. Jodi had left to take Abby home and go to file the police report. So year, he managed to disrupt our petition circulation efforts. It’s creepy when people try to get at you through your family.
Use this link to complain and contact Denton’s City Manager, thanks…http://www.cityofdenton.com/Home/Components/Form/Form/2456b31f3bbd4ee2b527d58c792fdcac/215
Also here is the other contacts… (940) 349-8910 and speak to a representative or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear City Manager, one of your citizens, Jodi Ismert, had chilling comments that I blogged about ( http://bit.ly/1SFUe3s ) on the DRC new story covering the gas fired plant Q&A Saturday. The behavior of PUB she describes is unconscionable and I want to officially express my dismay and request your intended response to investigate and reprimand as appropriate, thank YOU. http://www.dentonrc.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20160123-skeptics-remain-after-power-plan-qa.ece?fb_comment_id=941728262573918_941983642548380&comment_id=941983642548380#f1c7b2bdf4