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Letters: Electric cars need to be affordable

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Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 3:30 am

I was happy to see electric cars being talked about in the Tribune story "Charged up for electric cars." It stated that the Valley and Tucson will be installing about 900 residential charging stations and the forthcoming mass hook-up of 1,150 chargers in the spring. I am completely for becoming environmentally friendly, but I know at least three other families that can't afford the price tag of $25,280 after federal tax credits for a car that only takes you 100 miles and takes 2 1/2 hours to become fully charged. Electricity comes from coal-burning power plants that make up 54 percent of America's power, but it emits toxic chemicals into the air like mercury, arsenic, nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide and many more.

As the article states, "These vehicles aren't the single solution for alternative ways of transportation, but they are part of the solution." These cars may just enlighten the world about renewable resources like solar, water and air, but as a whole they may not make an impact on the environment at all if people cannot afford them and that the coal-burning power plants are still being fueled. Whether the electricity comes from coal, or the gas comes from oil, pollution is pollution.

Jessica Baxley, Mesa

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