Wiser and less expensive


To the Editor:

Your June 3 editorial, “A high price for a modest contribution,” falls short of telling the complete story about generating electricity with wind turbines vs. fossil-burning power plants. Most importantly, you’ve failed to address the astronomical external costs of fossil plants — the dead forests and sterilized lakes (from acid rain), mercury-contaminated fish, children with damaged brains, asthma attacks, lost work days, flattened mountains, trillion-dollar oil wars, oil spills, and last but not least, the costs and deaths associated with climate change.

When one conducts a complete and accurate comparison (which includes all the external costs), the numbers reveal that wind-generated electricity, even at 20.7 cents per kilowatt-hour, is the wiser and less expensive option.

Chris Fried