I'm commenting as a concerned resident of Massachusetts. I've noticed that on the Mass.Gov."Energy and environmental Affairs" website that Salem is listed as a "Green Community". Currently Salem is in contract with Footprint Power and feverishly working on permitting and installing a fossil fueled,692 MW gas power plant. When this power plant is built at a cost of 900 million dollars it will emit literally tons of toxins and emissions into our environment every year. Just imagine if you will, how many renewable energy systems ,ie. wind, solar, geo-thermal etc., could be erected and installed with 900 million dollars. As some people are aware,the GWSA(Global Warming Solutions Act) of Massachusetts has established the most aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emission targets for any single state in the entire country: a minimum 80% reduction from 1990 levels by 2050, and a 25% reduction from 1990 levels by 2020. If the state allows the City of Salem and Footprint Power to build this plant ,it will be a HUGE step back for the environment. This would definitely impede any progress in achieving the 80% reduction of emissions by 2050 in Massachusetts. This power plant would be the first fossil fuel power plant erected in Massachusetts of this magnitude that would fall under the regulatory confines of the GWSA. Knowing this ,I would say Salem is far from being “green”, in fact I don’t think there is a single color on the color wheel that can really accurately describe what is going on in Salem. Why is the City of Salem allowed to maintain the status as a "green" community? I think there are a lot of other communities in the northeaster area of Massachusetts that are diligently working hard on becoming a green community and would justly deserve it over Salem.