Mar 9, 2012
Revelation In A Hallway
When I arrived at City Hall Wednesday evening, the Council Chamber was already packed by union workers, and closed to the public. Stranded out in the hallway, were many of those who came to speak against Delta Thermo's trash to energy plant. What they had in common, for the most part, was being informed on the issue, and being supporters of Pawlowski. Some were families, like Jeff Fegley of the Allentown Brewworks, cut off from his brother, already inside the Council Chamber. Others were couples, like non-profit director Julie Thomases, cut off from her significant other, environmental activist Dan Poresky. Although new Council Member Cynthia Mota had been impressed with the science fair poop dryer that she saw on her field trip to New Jersey, these informed opponents know better. That little demo machine didn't even contain a combustion chamber, or consequently, evaluate the emissions. This is the unproven technology that the citizens of Allentown will be submitted to, for the profit of Delta Thermo. If there was a revelation in the hallway, it was that the Price of Admission, with the Mayor, has significantly increased. Delta Thermo is fronted by Marcel Groen, a power broker with state-wide influence. The arena project now involves hundreds of $millions of dollars, and the Lehigh Valley Hospital. Previous supporters can't even get in the door anymore.