Full Disclosure: As of this date, I have never met nor have I had a conversation with any employee of AES. In spite of accusations posted here and elsewhere, I have never been paid one cent by AES or anyone representing the company. I met one time with someone I’ve known for a few years who recently started working as a contractor (I assume) for AES, but that’s as far as my contact with the company goes and has ever gone. Oh yeah, I did call the plant for a comment on a story I wrote about noise a couple years ago.
I guess I also have to disclose I attended an event on Saturday, Nov. 3 during which plans for the new power plant were unveiled. AES bought me lunch, but for anyone who may want to spin that into something more sinister, I offer this assurance. If I ever decide to sell my opinions, it will cost a lot more than lunch to buy them.
My biggest criticism of the highly vocal and visible little group of people who want to force the power plant out of Redondo Beach has been that they don’t have a viable plan. All they would have to do to prove me wrong is to act like every other group of people who have a plan to develop a plot of land in the United States. Acquire the land, go through the regulatory and permit process, and start building.
Nopowerplant.com cannot and will not follow this simple process that everyone else in the country who has a plan for land development has to follow. Why? Because they have no plan, at least no real plan.