Brown energy costs much more than green

Opinion: Letters To The Editor

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Dear President Abu-Taleb and trustees Barber, Ott, Tucker and Salzman,

Just six months ago, for the second year in a row, Oak Park's green electricity aggregation program got special recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

I expect that soon we'll now get special recognition from the coal industry.   "Unfortunate" is the kindest word I can think of to describe your vote early last Friday morning at a hastily-called meeting convened at a time that virtually precluded most citizens from being able to attend.

Chicago Tribune reports that Trustee Barber said, "Oak Park residents often complain to him about the high costs of living in the village. He said he viewed the vote for the brown energy program as a way to keep costs in check." 

What a misguided attempt to become the champion of the over-taxed: leaping to the conclusion that brown energy is the preferred way those residents would want to cut back on their "high cost of living." 

In the long run, brown energy has a much higher cost to our health and to our environment.

Jim Kelly

Oak Park

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