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Dear Editor:

John Norman has described in some detail why many people oppose the use of coal to generate electricity and why they seek to use alternative sources of power, such as natural gas, nuclear, solar, wind and hydro (“Putting hydro in perspective,” Letters, Sept. 4, The Aspen Times).

I don’t know why Norman mentioned my letter in his, however, as I did not challenge the facts stated in his letter. Rather, I pointed out that the proposed Castle Creek Energy Center probably would not reduce the amount of coal-generated power (if any) that the city of Aspen would have to buy from MEAN (the Nebraska utility that supplies the city); MEAN uses coal generation in the winter, and that is when the Castle Creek Energy Center would not be able to produce much if any electricity. I was pointing out that the coal-substitution argument for the Castle Creek Energy Center was very weak if not completely false.

The main point of my letter, however, was that our mayor has objected to the distribution of information critical of the Castle Creek Energy Center by “outsiders” and that such objection is hypocritical. Why? Because at the same time, in asserting the largely or totally false claim that coal would be displaced by the Castle Creek Energy Center, the mayor is sticking his own nose into the economies of coal-producing and electricity-producing states.

He has no problem telling them what to do and what not to do, but they can’t express an opinion here.

Maurice Emmer

Aspen


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