It’s not an acronym. Rep. Eric Anderson, R-Priest Lake, really is wearing a shiny gold lapel pin spelling out “COAL,” as the debate rages in southern Idaho about mercury pollution and other issues surrounding a proposed coal-fired power plant in Jerome County. Legislation is pending to impose a two-year moratorium and take other steps regarding the proposed plant.
Anderson said he’s wearing his pin as “a little bit of a protest.” He said he also has pins that say “NUCLEAR,” “HYDRO,” and “WIND,” and he’s been wearing a different one each day. A member of the House Energy, Environment & Technology Committee, Anderson said he’s been getting lots of calls and emails opposing one type of energy or another, but believes what Idaho really needs is an integrated energy plan – to be developed by a proposed interim legislative committee – that addresses all aspects of the issue. “We have to figure out what we need and what we can do,” he said. “That’s why we need an integrated energy plan.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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