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New Refrigerator? What Madness

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New Refrigerator? What Madness

In a world of scarce resources, I find it incomprehensible that I should replace my so-called "durable goods" refrigerator every three years instead of every nine ("As I Was Saying to My Refrigerator" Web Smart 50, Sept. 18).

Which of our crowded landfills will take all the old refrigerators? How much wasted energy will go into producing and shipping all the new machines? How much gas will be used by Web-based grocers delivering a half-gallon of milk at a time to my Internet-savvy refrigerator?

Michael Treschow of Electrolux says: "We must convince consumers to replace machines more often." Yes, I suppose we "must." But what a cost our madness entails.

Richard Frederick

Tacoma, Wash.

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