The handful of residents actually in favor of Lystek’s proposed sewage sludge processing plant in Glen are clearly focused on only two things: jobs and taxes. Their commentary — often demeaning and vulgar — suggests that being against the Canadian company’s project means being against jobs, business and tax relief.
However, as a successful entrepreneur and area employer, it would be difficult to find evidence that I’m against any of those things. Yet, I still don’t support the it. I should add that I’m by no means an activist. You won’t find me complaining about “more trucks and factories” just because they are trucks and factories. I’m a proud capitalist. Nobody likes trucks or factories. They’re noisy. They’re smelly. They create all kinds of pollution. But they are also a cost of doing business and growing an economy.
Where I differ from proponents who seem to blindly support anything that promises jobs or taxes is this: I’m willing to accept the negatives of any industry, but only if the pros outweigh the cons (and I don’t believe that they do). Proponents seem to think that any job or any tax dollar is good. However each job or tax dollar is not created equally. If only “jobs and taxes” mattered, why don’t we build a nuclear power plant in the county, or perhaps we could bring back the idea of another landfill? Both would pump more jobs and revenue into the local economy than Lystek would.
Being against this project isn’t incompatible with being pro-business. I’m a proud capitalist, but this is simply a bad deal for the town of Glen.