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I read with increasing frustration Eric Johnston’s Jan. 2 article, “Nuclear motive suspected in feed-in tariff reforms,” which is a bleat on behalf of the solar power industry. Perhaps Johnston should take a trip into the countryside and see what passes for green power in action. On Jan. 3, for example, while driving home from the dentist in Kitami, I passed seven solar farms within 15 minutes of my door. At each one, two hours before sunset, solar arrays were already entering shade.

Use them or not, we the power consumers of Japan are obligated to pay for the nuclear stations, coal stations, green stations, inefficiently sited solar arrays, wind power and bio-gas plants. These costs are crushing any hope of economic recovery and increased household purchasing power. It is like having two or three cars per driver parked at a house for show.

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