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December 11, 2013 at 7:03 AM

Drives for sustainable power are actually damaging

Choose a safe alternative with more assets than liabilities

I do not understand these foolish drives for free, sustainable power that, if truly evaluated, do not realize our perceived reality, and are actually damaging [“U.S. to give wind farms 30-year pass to kill eagles,” page one, Dec. 7].

Wind power is killing birds (and destroying the beauty of our open spaces). If it were not for the benevolence of taxpayers and rate-payers providing subsidies, it would cease to exist.

Solar power also invalidates the beauty our landscapes and again would not exist if not for the charity of the taxpayer (see: Solyndra). A search for the effectiveness of corn-ethanol fuels provides mainly pro and con rhetoric and opinion with little scientific data — apart from supposedly raising food prices and potentially damaging engines not designed to run on a high-ethanol-content fuel. And though electric vehicles are clean running, how much coal must we burn to produce the needed electricity?

My question — and seemingly the golden solution — why aren’t we using our abundant natural gas for our power requirements along with thorium-fueled power plants (a safe alternative to our current nuclear plants and with more assets than liabilities)?

— Richard A. Virant, Bothell

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