Sempra: Exporting Pollution, J.P. Ross, CorpWatch
A new natural gas-fired power plant under construction in Mexicali,
Mexico, was supposed to have been built in San Diego, according to
CorpWatch, a Web site devoted to 'holding
corporations accountable.' Instead, Sempra Energy decided to
construct the new plant three miles across the border in order to
dodge U.S. air quality regulations. In March, environmental groups
filed a lawsuit seeking to block government permits for
transmission lines into California. 'The environmental impacts of
Sempra's natural gas projects would be felt far beyond the border,'
J.P Ross writes. 'From a global warming perspective, the Mexican
plants would be a disaster.' There will also be health effects for
those living near the plant on both sides of the border. The power
plants and infrastructure that Sempra is planning will add 35
percent more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than is already
created by California's natural gas use.