War is over if you want it

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

I was glad to see Ja­son Samenow’s June 25 Out­look essay, “I worked on the EPA’s cli­mate change site. Delet­ing it is a dec­la­ra­tion of war.” The ar­ti­cle is ex­actly right: Cli­mate change is war and has been for decades, but the left is just now re­al­iz­ing it. Coal min­ers have been say­ing they have been at war with clean-air reg­u­la­tions for years. To them, th­ese reg­u­la­tions rep­re­sent a change in a way of life that they will fight with ev­ery­thing they have. Coal min­ers should re­mem­ber that the coal com­pa­nies have been ly­ing to them for gen­er­a­tions, and reg­u­la­tions aren’t the en­emy. Stub­born coal com­pa­nies that refuse to up­date their fa­cil­i­ties are the en­emy. En­vi­ron­men­tal­ists aren’t the en­emy. Coal com­pa­nies that refuse to help coal com­mu­ni­ties shift to renewables are the en­emy.

Coal min­ers and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists can peace­fully co-ex­ist, but, as with the re­quire­ment for any war to end, you need un­der­stand­ing. Helen Smith, Clifton

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