Energy in the News: District Chilling Plant Christened

Love Is …

Love is in the air at City Council chambers

First, self-described consumer advocate and environmental activist Paul Robbins – a prickly-pear if ever there was one – was read a proclamation by Lee Leffingwell naming Downtown’s first district chilling plant for him. “This may be the first award the city ever gave for stubbornness,” said Robbins, whose spent 30 years advocating for smart energy policy in Austin (his Austin Environmental Directory is here)

Downtown Coolin’ Plant Chillin’ Like Paul Robbins

Who’s Paul Robbins, and what’s a cooling plant?

Daniel Mottola, Austin Chronicle, July 27, 2007

Environmental Directory: 2006 Edition Released

Booklet packs zeal for cause

Asher Price, Austin American-Statesman, August 21, 2006

In Paul Robbins‘ telling of evolution, we are descended not from chimpanzees but lemmings.

“Humans may be descended from lemmings, but they are clever lemmings,” he said at City Hall. “They should be reducing their population, reducing fossil fuel use and switching to clean energy. But, instead, they try to find new ways to use the same dangerous fuel sources.”

Declaring that the federal government has forsaken its obligation to protect the environment, Robbins said, Austin should lead the way in investing in renewable fuels, such as wind energy, constructing greener buildings, building streetcar systems, mandating heat-reflecting roofs, embarking on a massive tree planting effort, converting the private gas utility to a public entity and powering the city only on green, or renewable, power.

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