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Monday, April 7, 2008 | What should be realized are the carbon footprint and energy cost and environmental impact of a water demand that would equal the production of the desalination plant. The region is only going to increase its demand for water, and this desalination plant offers one of the least expensive and least environmentally damaging processes to an unlimited source of water. Let the process get off the ground, and technology and innovation will fine tune the process as other desalination plants get designed, unafraid of the litigants that are risking the diminishing window of opportunity as our water resources become scarcer and scarcer. The ocean intake and discharge outlets are already part of the shoreline created years ago when the power plant was built. The Coastal Commission wants two cherries on its cake!