Why Splurge on Water and Ignore Solar?

RECEIVED Tue., Feb. 24, 2009

Dear Editor,
    In this week's issue, Wells Dunbar reports that some council members are balking at a solar-power purchase agreement that would cost the city $10 million per year starting in 2011 [“City Hall Hustle,” News, Feb. 20]. They believe that the resulting increase in electric rates of 1.5% will damage the energy-intensive semiconductor industry in a time of economic peril.
    In the same issue, Katherine Gregor reports that the city's water department is planning to embark on a massive capital project that would cost the city $494 million starting in 2010 [“Dumping the Water Pump,” News, Feb. 20]. They believe that the resulting increase in water rates of 10%-12% won't damage the water-intensive semiconductor industry in a time of economic peril.
    I hope council members will understand the causes of the cynicism with which their policy rationales are received.
Kedron Jerome Touvell
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