To the Editor: BG mayor statements questioned
Written by Jennifer Karches   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 09:53
"We are dealing in absolute facts," Edwards said. "I do not intend to offer any retraction."
This is a quote from Mayor Edwards in response to a demand for a retraction of the wild claims of harm that would befall the city and citizens of Bowling Green as stated in a 6-page anti-charter amendment analysis compiled by BG utilities director Brian O'Connell. The Mayor and City Council are using Mr. O'Connell's speculations as hard evidence of the harm the passage of the Charter Amendment would cause the city and its citizens.
Section e. of the Charter Amendment states:
Right to a Sustainable Energy Future. All people in the City of Bowling Green possess a fundamental and inalienable right to sustainable energy future, which includes, but is not limited to, the development, production, and use of energy from renewable and sustainable fuel sources.
According to O'Connell and the city, "This section would prohibit us from utilizing the energy we receive from our fossil fuel resources including Prairie State and the natural gas peaking units."
O'Connell's assumption that Bowling Green would have to convert to 100% renewable energy immediately upon passage of the Charter Amendment prompted very specific predictions of skyrocketing utility rates by AMP-Ohio lawyers, which were printed in an anti-Charter Amendment fear-mongering mailer by a pro-business group in town, with scary predictions that BG residents will have to pay 86% more for electricity, 35% more for water and other hardships.
This interpretation of the Charter Amendment is merely a cynical ploy to frighten residents into voting against the Charter Amendment and their best interests. Residents of Bowling Green, do not be fooled!
Can you really trust any of the claims of this administration?
Protect Bowling Green from fracking and vote yes for the Charter Amendment on Nov. 5!
Jennifer Karches
Bowling Green

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