Move away from coal

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Re­cently, the state of Arkansas has seen more and more re­new­able en­ergy pro­duced lo­cally within our bor­ders. We need elected of­fi­cials in Arkansas that care about mov­ing to­ward a cleaner en­ergy source so that the Natural State can help lead the na­tion away from coal.

The pro­duc­tion of coal is the main con­trib­u­tor to wa­ter pol­lu­tion in the coun­try; stud­ies show 72 per­cent of all toxic wa­ter pol­lu­tion comes from coal-fir­ing plants. Coal leads to sev­eral toxic heavy met­als like ar­senic, se­le­nium, boron, cad­mium, mer­cury, and lead in our water­ways, as well as pol­lutes our drink­ing wa­ter and lo­cal rivers and streams. Lim­it­ing the amount of these pol­lu­tants get­ting into the wa­ter sup­ply can help not just the wa­ter qual­ity, but the qual­ity of our health, since these heavy met­als can lead to sev­eral dis­eases, such as birth de­fects and even can­cer.

The pol­lu­tion done to our water­ways and to our health is a ma­jor in­di­ca­tor that we need lead­ers who will move us away from dirty fos­sil fu­els. I call on our lead­ers to help lead the change and move Arkansas and the na­tion to a re­new­able fu­ture by ad­vo­cat­ing for clean en­ergy. CADE PHILLIPS


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