Letter: Hydro-power beats coal
Those who are so vehemently opposed to the Northern Pass because of what the power lines will do to the scenic natural beauty of New Hampshire should take some time to study the health effects that the burning of fossil fuels have on our citizens.
In the past, many residents who live in the vicinity of the Bow power plant have had to remove accumulations of ash and soot from their homes. This is only the visible effect of the fossil-fuel power plant. What we do not see are the health problems of the people who live in the vicinity of the power plant. These health problems are well-documented by studies conducted by state and federal agencies.
Most of us who have lived near the Bow plant for several years are aware of the severe health problems that our families and neighbors have faced. Most are directly or indirectly caused by the burning of the millions of tons of coal that have been delivered to this plant. The new scrubber appears to have reduced the ash and soot that covered our homes – but they do not do much to stop the pollution in the air that we breathe.
Hydro-power plants use water power to generate electricity. I would prefer to see power lines bringing clean electricity from Canada to our state, rather than see the continued health problems that affect our citizens by the burning of fossil fuels.
We are fortunate that PSNH is willing to invest the millions of dollars necessary to bring hydro-generated electricity to our state while protecting the health of our citizens.