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November 22, 1999

Dear Senator Wiger:

As an environmentalist, I'm very concerned about energy issues here in Minnesota. I recently learned that about 10% of the electricity consumed in our state is an import purchase from Manitoba Hydfro, a Canadian hydroelectricity producer. Although we buy that at a very low price, the true cost involves the destruction of Canadian forests and the Cree Indians who live there. I disapprove of that.

Minnesotans need to be aware of true energy costs. Therefore, I ask you to learn more about the matter and to support a bill which would mandate full disclosure about complete costs of our energy sources. I invite you to attend a pressentation on this at my place of worship on Dec. 5 (see enclosed [flier]).


Diane J. Peterson