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The Sun and Wind Are Free

Dear Source:
Recently, I read that Puerto Rico is losing a good number of their large pharmaceutical companies and manufacturing business because of the high cost of their electricity bills. Why would we want to jump from the pan into the fire, with the same old oil based electrical service. Even with PR switching to natural gas…it is still an expensive way to provide electricity at a cost that will continue to increase as demand increases.
What is wrong with solar and wind? The start up cost? Yes, but then it eventually pays for itself. The investment cost to run a line from PR to here, the ocean repairs, and the barrels of oil (or natural gas) will cost and continue every time we need more oil/gas. The wind and sun cost us nothing, but sorry; oil, natural gas, and coal will always be increasing in cost. Last time I check the sun was free. Look at the bright side (pun intended), with global warming will get more sun for less and it's still free.

A. Spenceley
St. Thomas

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Dear Source:
Recently, I read that Puerto Rico is losing a good number of their large pharmaceutical companies and manufacturing business because of the high cost of their electricity bills. Why would we want to jump from the pan into the fire, with the same old oil based electrical service. Even with PR switching to natural gas...it is still an expensive way to provide electricity at a cost that will continue to increase as demand increases.
What is wrong with solar and wind? The start up cost? Yes, but then it eventually pays for itself. The investment cost to run a line from PR to here, the ocean repairs, and the barrels of oil (or natural gas) will cost and continue every time we need more oil/gas. The wind and sun cost us nothing, but sorry; oil, natural gas, and coal will always be increasing in cost. Last time I check the sun was free. Look at the bright side (pun intended), with global warming will get more sun for less and it's still free.

A. Spenceley
St. Thomas

Editor's note: We welcome and encourage readers to keep the dialogue going by responding to Source commentary. Letters should be e-mailed with name and place of residence to source@viaccess.net.