LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Clean energy sought

Thanks for the article (“Swollen NC rivers swamp dumps, raising water pollution fears,” Sept 17) discussing the awful offal escaping, or in danger of escaping from coal ash pits and hog manure and urine pits.

This was bound to happen. As climate change gets even worse than it is, more storms will dump more rain on these pits, causing disasters to those concerned about healthy clean water.

We must take steps now to secure these pits better, but also we must address the root cause: we need to stop making more coal ash, loaded with toxic heavy metals, like mercury, lead and arsenic, by switching as rapidly as possible to clean energy like solar and wind. We also need to reduce our use of carbon fuels, like coal, oil and natural gas, which cause climate change.

One of the best ways to curb our addiction to carbon-polluting fuels is to put a price on carbon, making those fuels more expensive, and to take the fees on this pollution and rebate it to all American families in a monthly or quarterly check. This proposal is called Carbon Fee and Dividend and it is endorsed by conservative and liberal leaders.

Charlie Garlow
Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Lower Delaware
Rehoboth Beach

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