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Coal dirtiest of fossil fuels

Published:Tuesday | January 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:
I'm delighted that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller will lead a delegation to Washington, DC, to meet with Vice President Joe Biden with regard to the Clean Energy Summit of CARICOM. Any government that issues a licence to anyone to build a coal-fired plant in Jamaica must be held accountable for endangering the health and lives of the Jamaican people. Importing coal is like importing pollution.

I'm not going to listen to some self-serving businessman or some uninformed persons. I'm going to listen to Jimmy Johnson, CEO of Duke Energy - the largest utility company in the United States - owners and operators of coal-fired plants across that country.

The dangers of coal are well documented and shouldn't be included in the country's energy mix. In China, they can hardly breathe in their own country - all because of the burning of coal.

The world's largest economies and carbon polluters, The United States and China, signed an agreement recently at the G20 conference in Beijing to lessen the carbon footprint significantly. What is so ironic is that these two countries seem to be moving away from coal while Jamaica appears to be endorsing and promoting it.

Coal is the dirtiest of all fossil fuels. It contains mercury, lead and arsenic. When burned, it can cause cancer, asthma, emphysema and other airborne diseases.

NOEL MITCHELL

Westchester, New York

nlmworld@yahoo.com