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Hanger wrong on wind

| Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Hanger wrong on wind

In response to the letter “Wind power beneficial” (May 1 and TribLIVE.com) by John Hanger, Democrat gubernatorial candidate: Is he smoking the medical marijuana of which he is a proponent?

Electricity costs have risen steadily over the last several years, largely thanks to the Obama administration's war on coal. The only reason electricity costs have remained somewhat stable is the influx of shale gas keeping the cost of the natural gas plants down.

Natural gas accounts for 25 percent of the electrical energy produced; coal, 42 percent; wind, a whopping 2 percent to 3 percent, depending on what site you visit. Fossil-fuel and nuclear plants also don't shut down in winds over 17 mph.

If you think this man deserves to be governor, we will be California East! He also wants to tax the Marcellus shale industry out of Pennsylvania — then, watch your power costs climb.

For all you bird lovers who think Rachel Carson was a hero for ending use of DDT, these lovely wind turbines are bird blenders! Nature.com estimates that 6 million to 18 million birds are killed in Spain each year due to wind turbines. I wonder when I will see someone chain him- or herself to a turbine.

Benjamin L. Jezovnik

Harmony

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