1,000 percent confused

Dear Editor:

I have read with interest your coverage of the mayoral debate of Marsh, Roberts & Russo (Hoboken Reporter, April 17, 2005), in particular your report of Michael Russo as having said “This is a fuel (bio-diesel) that will reduce emissions by 200 percent in the city.” I would appreciate an explanation of the meaning of this, since I thought that a 100 percent reduction of anything would leave nothing of it. So what is the 200 percent supposed to signify? Perhaps a misprint, or a misquote, or a mayoral candidate misguided about percentages and/or the English language?

Norman J. Horing


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