Letter: Coal solution not workable

May 25, 2014 

As read on Monday's front page, "Inslee wants to wean electric utilities off coal." Great idea, it will continue to create a need for those ugly and costly windpower towers. While he is at it, the governor should look at all the single-driver autos cruising I-5 from the south end to past Seattle. And a talk with Oregon's governor might convince him to look at the same condition around Portland and south. Reducing auto traffic in Puget Sound would be a better idea than reducing cheap-cost coal energy.

Additionally, unless we (the U.S.) can get a handle on the pollution created by China, Japan, India and other countries, trying to stop pollution in our little state is like swimming against the current. It ain't going to work. Regardless of all the science and money spent here, what we really need is to reduce costs associated with wind farms, reduce driving so much, and maybe looking at all the field burning on the east side could be a good start.

HERB JOHNSON, Benton City

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