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Green tile?

I read the article on the proposed plans for a so called “green tile factory,” using by-products of the Idaho-Maryland Mine. I watched the town hall discussions on the mine and tile factory on NCTV and learned the tile factory would have huge, gas-fired kilns running 24 hours a day with a gross consumption equal to the entire city of Grass Valley’s annual usage.

My understanding of the “green” concept is that it’s to reduce the carbon footprint and impact on an area, not increase it. This flies in the face of the many people up here who are investing in “green” technology: solar panels, hybrid cars, etc. Energy in the future will be in ever-decreasing supply, especially natural gas. This doesn’t make “green” sense to me. It seems to follow the trend of major impact developments, trying to paint a “happy face” on their projects.

Dan Reinhart

Nevada City

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