SOS' Clark Responds

RECEIVED Mon., Aug. 8, 2005

Dear Editor,
    Letter writer Julie Cooper suggests that the community give up and let AMD pollute Barton Springs and abandon East Austin because the corporate giant made up its mind to do so [“Postmarks,” Aug. 5].
    We're reminded of a similar situation two years ago. The biggest retailer on the planet had decided to build a 200,000-square-foot store in the Barton Springs Watershed. The community fought back, and Wal-Mart backed off. And the "fully entitled," grandfathered, ready-to-be-developed site remains undeveloped today.
    Now AMD wants to build over 800,000 square feet in the Barton Springs Watershed, and the community is fighting back. More than 10,600 citizens have signed a petition asking AMD to reconsider its proposed location. Wal-Mart listened to the community. Why won't AMD listen? Why should AMD ignite more urbanization in the fragile Barton Springs Watershed? There is no reason AMD can't reconsider and work with the community to find the best site possible for AMD, for Barton Springs, and for all of Austin.
    There are plenty of sites in Austin that AMD can move to without breaking city policies, such as no major employers in the Barton Springs Watershed and the Save Our Springs Ordinance, and without abandoning East Austin for the western suburbs.
    If we (citizens, neighborhoods, organizations, businesses, elected officials, etc.) don't hold corporate decision-makers at AMD accountable to the community's desire for clean water and sustainable growth, no one will. Join the effort at Sign the petition, contact AMD's top executives, and learn more.
Colin Clark
Communications Director
Save Our Springs Alliance
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