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Develop sustainable energy

Coal is the single biggest contributor to global climate change. Burning coal in China also blows back to pollute every river and lake in Washington state. Each of us who pays a monthly Avista bill are receiving 20 percent of our energy from coal and inadvertently contributing to climate change.

Think it’s not happening? Research the data or talk to your gardening friends - 100 degrees in April and 60 degrees in August in Spokane. Raspberries two to four early the past several years. First frost after Halloween last year. Soil so dry it doesn’t retain moisture no matter how much we water.

I am imagining the person who came down my street destroying the “Tell Avista: No Coal” signs one recent night is dependent on coal or coal transportation for their job and family income. Often those of us who advocate for stopping coal trains and coal burning are the same people who advocate for sustainable energy living wage jobs.

I believe we are all on this planet together, wanting the best present and future for our children, our families and all living beings on our planet. We will all benefit from telling Avista: develop sustainable alternative energy jobs.

Carol Bryan


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