JERRY SOBATTA, Hermiston
A letter writer (Dec. 14) stated "coal is dirty" in reference to the controversy of shipping coal from Wyoming and Montana to China.
I am sure the letter writer was correct in stating China is building new, coal-fired plants for electrical energy production.
We were in China for 17 days a few years back, and our well-educated Chinese guide said China has a severe power shortage. He also stated China has enormous coal reserves, but he said the coal is of poor quality and creates severe pollution.
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If the United States can ship high-quality coal from the western U.S., it would help alleviate the pollution in China and also global atmosphere.
Selling our coal to China is a win-win situation. It would help our trade balance and help our economy.