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A ‘war on coal’? Think of it as a revitalization effort

RE “Why is the EPA trying to kill coal?” by John E. Sununu (Op-ed, Sept. 30): There’s been a lot of talk lately about the so-called war on coal. But people are looking at the issue from the negative viewpoint.

The positive view says it’s not a war, but a revitalization effort. The “war” has been ongoing for years. Ask anyone who has lived near mountaintop removal whether what they see doesn’t look like a war zone.


The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed new rules on coal plants are the first step in a revitalization effort that will rival the Marshall Plan. It will revitalize the air, removing pollution that’s causing asthma and lung diseases. It will remove dangerous chemicals, such as mercury, which is making fish unfit to eat. It’s a start to repairing the damage done to the earth and our atmosphere by the orgy of fossil fuel use over the last 150 years.

Yes, as Sununu notes, carbon dioxide does occur naturally, and it “sustains plant life.” But too much of anything becomes a pollutant or poison. Drink two gallons of life-giving water at one sitting, and you risk death from hyper-hydration.

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It’s time to STOP the war, make the transition to renewable energy sources, and begin the healing of the earth that sustains us all.

Rick Cutler


The writer is affiliated with the Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit.

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