Comment from Stevens, Henry

Coal is one of the most polluting forms of energy that we use today. Between the potential negative effects of global warming, and the need to find new and better energy sources for the future in any case, we need to be proactive on the issue of coal as an energy source. If we wait until we are forced to make a change, history shows that change will be accompanied by undesirable dislocations. If we take control of our destiny and make the necessary change before it is forced on us, we can avoid much of the downside and make a positive contribution to the health of our planet. The Northwest should be a leader, not a reluctant follower, on this issue. Start planning NOW to replace coal sooner, rather than later!