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Editorial ‘pure fiction’

November 11, 2013
The Altoona Mirror
After reading the Oct. 29 editorial, “EPA plan has gone too far,” I just had to respond. Sure one can question whether or not the EPA has gone too far in causing the shut down of Coal Fired Electric Generating plants, but to say that “undoubtedly” the costs to generate electricity will increase by using natural gas is pure fiction. No matter how you skew the numbers, natural gas fired plants produce electricity far cheaper than coal can. Thinking of the transportation of the coal alone is a no- brainer compared to a pipeline. Then there is the hauling away and disposal of all the toxic fly ash. Scrubbing the pollution from the coal fired plants adds millions of dollars to the cost yearly. Here in the U.S. by switching to natural gas, the air quality index fell almost 9 percent in 2012. That’s the first drop in pollutants ever. Please spare us the crap being forced on us here in Pennsylvania by the major coal industry. Alan L. McCusker Coalport

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