CONTRARY TO Bruce Mohl (“Green power costs shouldn’t be in the dark,’’ Op-ed, Aug.4), it is the costs of dirty power that are kept in the dark. Coal, oil, and natural gas power plants spew greenhouse gases that impose an incalculable price in climate change. Meanwhile, the federal government subsidizes fossil fuels to the tune of $10 billion a year through tax breaks and direct grants. None of these “extra’’ costs are itemized on our electric bills or our taxes.
In contrast, the cost — and benefits — of the biggest green power initiative taken by Governor Patrick and the Legislature is spelled out precisely. Our nation-leading three-year energy efficiency plan will save consumers and businesses $6 billion in reduced energy use from investments of $2 billion.
As for the “extra’’ costs of the Cape Wind and
If the true costs of fossil fuels were as visible as those of renewable energy, we would be moving even faster toward Governor Patrick’s clean-energy future.
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