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Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Reader’s Viewpoint

Growing up on the eastern side of the state I know many people working in the coal industry past, present and future workers even despite the consequences of this business. I would like to highlight today the benefits of wind energy. Montana is ranked among the top five states for wind power potential. But as of 2018, only 8 percent of Montana’s electricity comes from wind. Coal-fired power plants make up over 50 percent of Montana’s electricity, and the pollution is staggering. It would seem that wind energy, which doesn’t pollute the air with carbon dioxide, particulate matter, or sulfur dioxide would be a much better way to go. Also, wind is one of the fastest-growing American job sectors this decade, employing over 100,000 workers, in comparison to coal’s rapidly shrinking 50,000 workers. Clearly, we should be phasing out of coal in favor of wind energy, and funding programs that train coal miners to work in the renewable energy sector. Coal miners have some of the riskiest jobs in the United States, with daily exposure to highly explosive and toxic coal dust that can lead to COPD, black lung, and progressive massive fibrosis. They simply wouldn’t face those kinds of threats with wind energy. We need to invest in wind because it’s safer for workers, and safer for Montana.

Marley Merchen

Laurel

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