Push al­ter­na­tives to coal

Austin American-Statesman - - VIEWPOINTS - Jef­frey Crunk Austin

I grew up in ru­ral Cen­tral Texas within sight of the rail­road tracks. As long as I can re­mem­ber, mile-long coal trains have run through Cen­tral Texas car­ry­ing moun­tains of coal for com­bus­tion in Texas power plants. This can­not con­tinue. If this dirt­i­est of fos­sil fu­els con­tin­ues to be used, we will suf­fer deeper and longer droughts, more pow­er­ful and tor­ren­tial storms, more hos­tile weather as the cli­mate around us desta­bi­lizes. It is un­just for our chil­dren to in­herit this legacy from us.

I wish that each of us as­sumes re­spon­si­bil­ity for those coal trains. Much de­pends on it. Domestic gov­ern­ments can­not over­come the en­trenched op­po­si­tion of con­cen­trated wealth and power un­less an or­ga­nized, com­mit­ted ma­jor­ity de­mands that it does. You and I must ac­cept the mo­ral re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep coal in the ground now, while there is time still for our choices to make a dif­fer­ence.

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