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Reader's View: Coal is the energy source of the past

A recent Minnesota Power study highlighted the need to reduce reliance on dirty, outdated coal plants ("Minnesota Power files report on coal plants," Feb. 7).

A recent Minnesota Power study highlighted the need to reduce reliance on dirty, outdated coal plants ("Minnesota Power files report on coal plants," Feb. 7).

Some coal-fired power plants in Minnesota Power's supply -- such as Taconite Harbor in Schroeder and Laskin in Hoyt Lakes -- were built almost 60 years ago and require serious upgrades to continue operating. New investments in these plants would commit Minnesota Power customers to decades more of dirty and dangerous coal, which is hazardous to our environment and becoming more expensive every day. This would be the equivalent of installing updates to our rotary phones from the 1950s and carrying them around everywhere rather than purchasing new cell phones that we can put in our pocket.

Coal is an energy source of the past, not of the future. To protect public health and Minnesota Power's customers' pocketbooks, coal needs to be replaced with affordable, clean-energy alternatives that produce jobs in northern Minnesota. Let's invest in a future that preserves our environment and the lifestyle we all value.

John Pegg

Duluth

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