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Clean up the power plants

Within the next two years, auto manufacturers will start building electric cars in the form of plug-in hybrid and battery-only vehicles (www.teslamotors.com/index.php and http://www.greencarcongress.com/2007/07/toyota-

announce.html#more).

These plug-in cars will have many advantages, especially higher fuel mileage and greatly reduced pollution.



While these cars will help reduce air pollution locally, that alone will not solve the pollution problem. When we use more electricity off the grid, we create more pollution at fossil-fueled power plants.

Half of America’s electricity is generated by coal-fired power plants, the next largest generator of air pollution after automobiles (www.sierraclub.org/cleanair/factsheets/power.asp). It has been said: “If you shut down the coal-fired plants, you would solve the green house gas and the smog problems.”




Short of that drastic action, I would like to see people pressure Congress to mandate pollution control devices on all coal-fired plants as a first step toward cleaner power generation. Some of these plants have been spewing out sulfur, nitrous oxide, CO2 and fly ash for 30 to 50 years without any pollution controls. It’s time this stopped.

Ladson Geddings

Grass Valley


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