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Cheaper ways to generate electricity  

You have a factual error in your editorial where you say that wind power is “cost effective.”

“Wind turbines: Clean, environmentally friendly, cost-effective – but it makes noise that can be annoying within a quarter-mile, and turbines can kill birds (which, of course, can be….”

Wind power is only cost effective if it is subsidized in the amount of $23.37 per megawatt hour. This is from an editorial in the Wall Street Journal on Monday, May 12:
“An even better way to tell the story is by how much taxpayer money is dispensed per unit of energy, so the costs are standardized. For electricity generation, the U.S. Energy Information Administration, an independent federal agency, concludes that solar energy is subsidized to the tune of $24.34 per megawatt hour, wind $23.37 and ‘clean coal’ $29.81. By contrast, normal coal receives 44 cents, natural gas a mere quarter, hydroelectric about 67 cents and nuclear power $1.59.”

Frankly, I am tired of subsidizing pie-in-the-sky ideas of how we should get our electric power.

Dale E. Anderson
Ridgway

Courier-Express/Tri-County

27 May 2008

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