Push alternatives to coal
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.