The FDNM published a letter to the editor submitted by Fairbanks resident Betty Flodin Pollution’s Cost 4/6/2011.
The author describes the dazzling sunsets observed in Fairbanks of late and explains,
They’re caused by haze, pollution in the atmosphere, gunk we’re breathing into our lungs. When the air is clean, the blue of the sky extends all the way to the ground. I remember when that was the case in Fairbanks, but those days are long gone and unless we make some tough, wise decisions in the near future, our air will continue to become more polluted. We know what we have to do; all we lack is the will.”
Ms. Flodin cites as an example of the same “do-nothing” approach that has degraded Fairbanks’ skies as driving forward the “restart” of the so-called “Clean Coal” power plant in Healy.
Engineering and safety problems with the coal plant have delayed its startup for years. Millions of public dollars and not a watt to show for it.
Her letter closes with a plea for clean air:
Coal is the dirtiest of fuels. Can’t we do better than that? Yes, it’s cheap — but really? What is the cost of breathing polluted air? What is the cost of the climate change that is becoming more and more obvious? What is the cost to our children and grandchildren? Just how selfish and greedy are we, that we can’t think of the legacy we’re leaving to them? Maybe they’ll all be happy with beautiful sunsets, but I suspect they’ll more likely be asking why we didn’t do something to save their future when we had the chance.”