I was not planning on testifying at the EPA’s Clean Power Plan public hearings held in Atlanta, July 29th and 30th. Even though I had scheduled a slot, I was not preparing to speak. For those of you who know me, I know this is surprising. Since my slot was on the second day, I asked myself what would I be able to offer when so many other deeply intelligent, thought leaders had spoken before me? As I sat and listened to testimony after testimony, I realized there were two things happening. First, I did have something to add that was not being said. That testimony is below. Secondly, even though there were broad themes that were told over and over and over, each individual who spoke in favor or opposition had at least one nugget of unique, valuable information to share. Over 1,600 hundred people were scheduled to testify in Atlanta, I was only able to capture a few dozen testimonies, but if you get the chance, check out Day 1 of Testimony and Day 2 of Testimony to get a feel of what people said.
Also, this is not a direct copy of what I said since I was not prepared to speak. I had jotted down some notes and spoke from where I speak most of the time…the heart. This will be my written submitted testimony.