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September 2, 2014

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letter to the editor:

You can’t run from need for electricity

The column from the Chicago Tribune in Saturday’s edition (“Let the wind subsidy blow away”) that pointed out some of the disadvantages of wind farms to generate electric power was very interesting. It called for an end to federal subsidies for this power.

But the column caused me to think about where our electric power is going to come from. In spite of increased need, more and more people seem to object to some form of electric power generation. Burning fossil fuel, especially coal, seems to top the list. Nuclear power is right behind.

Then we have people who object to hydro, geothermal and solar power generation for one reason or another.

All these people seem to be “experts” and many of their causes are well funded. At the same time a massive switch to electric cars and trucks is advocated by many of the same people.

Like the problems connected with our nuclear waste disposal, some, part, or all of any plans for solving the questions of power generation are found to be objectionable by someone. Yet none of the “experts” can come up with a workable solution to either. Just maybe, they think that power comes out of their wall by magic.

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