The "Another Voice" column on April 8, "Power plants actually discharge very little mercury," was authored by Joe Lucas, vice president of Americans for Balanced Energy Choices. If the editorial staff had taken the time to research the origin of this deceptively named organization, it would have found that it is a pseudo-grass-roots organization funded primarily by coal mining, transportation and utility interests.
I have no problem with The News presenting a variety of viewpoints on public policy issues. Indeed, I believe that the press is obligated to present diverse viewpoints. However, the sources should be presented accurately and completely, so that the reader can objectively evaluate the inherent biases.
It is especially disturbing that The News allowed information from an industry-funded group to appear to be the view of a fair-minded group of concerned Americans, without any attempt to inform readers of the actual sources of funding behind the name.
Contrary to the group's rosy conclusions, numerous unbiased scientific studies have documented that coal-burning power plants are major sources of mercury and other major pollutants. These pollutants have serious detrimental effects on the air we breathe, water quality and fishery resources, and contribute significantly to global warming and acid rain.