Remove Coal Burning From 20-Year Energy Plan

Target: Puget Sound Energy CEO Kimberly J. Harris

Goal: Take coal mining and burning out of a 20-year energy plan for the Pacific Northwest.

A new 20-year energy plan includes getting 30 percent of energy from coal burning for a large portion of Western Washington. Puget Sound Energy, the biggest power utility in the western portion of the state including the city of Seattle, is continuing their reliance on energy from coal-fired power plants in Montana in spite of the recent agreements in Paris to substantially reduce the use of fossil fuels.

Coal burning is one of the biggest contributors to climate change, and nearly all nations involved in the Paris climate conference agreed to cut their use of it by at least half. If the United States is to do its part, energy companies need to do the same, if not eliminate it altogether. There’s no doubt that Puget Sound Energy could completely transition to cleaner energy sources if it wanted to, but the company has chosen to ignore responsibility and take the easy path.

Western Washington is supposed to be an environmentally conscious area and therefore Puget Sound Energy should be working to match the values of their customers. Clearly the company needs to be pressured into doing its part to avoid catastrophic climate change. Sign to demand that Puget Sound Energy rework its 20-year energy plan and replace all coal power use with clean energy sources.


Dear Ms. Harris,

Your company recently released a 20-year energy plan that still includes the use of coal burning. It’s no secret that coal is one of the dirtiest sources of energy, making a huge contribution to air pollution and climate change. In light of the recent agreements at the Paris climate conference in which 195 countries agreed to substantially reduce their reliance on fossil fuels, this plan is a disappointment to all of your environmentally conscious customers and people around the globe.

Puget Sound Energy services a large area of Western Washington including the highly populated city of Seattle. You can’t pretend that the policies of your company don’t have an impact on the climate. We all need to come together and do our part to avert dangerous and potentially deadly catastrophic climate change. People will no longer sit by and allow you to take the easy, profitable route at the expense of the rest of the world.

You need to retract this 20-year plan and rework it to eliminate all use of coal-fired power and instead convert to clean energy sources. In 20 years, it may well be too late to stop the kind of climate change that could kill off the entire human race. Get with the program and dump coal use.


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