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Closing Coal-fired Plants is a Must

by James O. Williams
Seattle Times, September 30, 2009

Thank you to Leeanne Beres and Sara Patton for the guest commentary "It's time to shut down Northwest coal plants" [Opinion, Sept. 28].

It underscores the urgency to not just stabilize greenhouse-gas emissions, but to make real reductions. Closing all Northwest coal-fired plants is a must.

We now know that the worst-case scenarios of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports are being exceeded. All fossil fuels emit greenhouse gasses, but coal is by far the worst. It must be the priority to move beyond coal immediately.

There are plenty of cleaner alternatives available.

James O. Williams, Seattle
Closing Coal-fired Plants is a Must
Seattle Times, September 30, 2009

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