Coal editorial shortsighted

Your editorial on the topic of coal providing cheap power was incredibly shortsighted, especially for a newspaper that is published in the Adirondacks, the epicenter of the acid rain environmental disaster that afflicted the Northeast in the 1960s and 1970s.

This acid rain was caused by the high concentration of pollutants from the coal-fired power plants of the Midwest, resulting in the nearly complete elimination of all life in the lakes and streams of the Adirondacks which were basically reduced to pools and rivers of sulphuric acid. Perhaps your editorial writer is too young to remember this deadly situation, which was not corrected until the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency, now itself under attack by officials of the Trump administration.

Your editorial was also shortsighted in that it failed to take into account other costs associated with the burning of coal, in addition to acid rain, such as water pollution from the dumping of coal waste in our waterways (another “onerous” regulation recently eliminated by the Trump administration), global warming, and the respiratory health of the residents affected by the pollution associated with the burning of coal.

On top of that, your editorial didn’t even mention recent advances in the development of renewable sources of energy, such as solar and wind, among others. Obviously, there are far more significant costs associated with the burning of coal besides the actual cost of electricity delivered to our homes and businesses, which you seem to skip over without a thought.

It just makes me wonder why your editorial writer seems unable to put two plus two together to see that the burning of fossil fuels, in particular coal, and increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, are directly responsible for the climate changes that we are now witnessing, and that said burning of coal and other fossil fuels must be drastically curtailed if we wish to leave a habitable planet for our children, grandchildren and all other generations to come.

FRANKLYN H. BROWNELL

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