Lost in the argument between coal and natural gas ("Battle Between Coal, Gas Hot Issue in State," Aug. 11) is the fact that neither will save us from increasingly expensive and dangerous climate change. While natural gas isn't as dirty as coal, burning it still creates carbon pollution. Research by the International Energy Agency, a respected international organization that is no friend of environmentalists, indicates that simply switching coal for natural gas would not be enough to stop severe climate change impacts.
Without steep cuts to our carbon pollution, climate change impacts are expected to cost Pennsylvania billions. The dramatic shift in our climate will be basically irreversible. A better solution than either coal or natural gas would be for the state to move its investments and policies toward renewable energies like wind and solar. Both are already growing steadily here, with wind power almost doubling last year. But they still get much less support from politicians than fossil fuels receive. It's time to get serious about the threat of climate change and invest in solutions that will actually solve the problem.