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The question of air quality in the SCV

Posted: February 2, 2009 8:03 p.m.
Updated: February 3, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
This letter is in response to Lynne Plambeck's "Energy use and individual responsibility" in the Jan. 21, 2009, Signal.

Which is it?

Plambeck says, "our terrible SCV air quality (is) among the worst in the nation."

From The Wall Street Journal column on page A14, Jan. 22, in the Los Angeles area, "Cleaner Air Has Boosted Life Spans": "Between 1978 and 2001, Americans' average life span increased almost three years to 77, and as much as 4.8 months of that can be attributed to cleaner air, researchers from Brigham Young University and the Harvard School of Public Health reported in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine."

In the very near future, "direct fuel injection" will be installed on gasoline-powered cars. It is claimed that it will make them as economical to drive as hybrids, and they will run as cleanly as well.

The switch to wind power is about as efficient as converting corn to ethanol. Today, less than 1 percent of U.S. net electric generation comes from wind.

Tufts economist Gilbert Metcalf found the effective tax rate for wind is minus 163.8 percent. (Every dollar a wind farm spends is subsidized 64 cents.)

The Energy Information Administration says wind receives $23.37 subsidy per megawatt hour. It is 44 cents for coal.

If we do switch to wind power, can you imagine what is going to happen to our electric bills?

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