Q: Last month’s question re crooked wooden poles didn’t go far enough. In the San Francisco Bay Area where I used to live, the older wooden poles often were curved, warped, leaning and in every way really ugly. I understand there are new pole materials available – steel, iron, concrete and even plastics. Since the price of wood has gone up considerably in the last decade, aren't these materials becoming more cost competitive with wood? Even if they aren’t, I think many customers would be willing to have their rates go up a few percentage points to have better looking power lines?
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