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Schwartz will fight for environment

Dear Editor:

Gail Schwartz believes it is morally wrong to destroy the heritage of our children and grandchildren and endanger our health by degrading our environment, polluting our water and air, changing the climate, and acidifying the oceans just to produce cheaper electricity for ourselves. Coal-fired power does all this and worse. Coal competes with renewable energy by using for free, and degrading, the resources of clean air and water that belong to all of us and to future generations. That’s not fair competition, that’s not the free market, that’s a rigged market, that’s cheating; but Bob Rankin thinks that’s OK.

Big coal competes with cleaner energy sources by having the unfair, free ability to spew toxic materials (including arsenic, selenium, and mercury) and radioactive elements (including uranium, thorium, and radium) into the atmosphere along with huge amounts of climate-changing carbon dioxide. Coal makes huge profits by not competing with other energy sources on a fair playing field. Bob Rankin wants to preserve this unfair advantage and allow coal to do what’s wrong, damage our environment. No wonder big coal is pouring huge amounts of money into the Rankin campaign. Big coal needs its own state senator.

Gail Schwartz has worked to protected our environment, to demand cleaner energy for us, and created thousands of clean-energy jobs. We need her to continue working for all of us and for our children’s future.

L. M. Simmons Jr.

Emma