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Not so hot? 

To the editor,

There is a claim made in the article "Hot hot heat," published in the January 12 issue, that is only partially true. The author, Lis van Berkel, makes the following references to a pump that is used in a geothermal system:

"And, because it isn't oil-fired—generally, it's electric—it's both sustainable and cheaper to operate than conventional systems."

And quoting one of the story's subjects: "it's all available without having to burn fossil fuels."

The truth of the above statements depends on where the electricity needed to drive the pump is obtained. As most people know, electricity can be obtained from a variety of sources: non-renewable resources like fossil fuels, or renewable resources like wind turbines.

The article does not point out this discrepancy, nor does it say where the electricity for the Creighton Street townhouses geothermal system will be obtained.

By L. Simms

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