We must use sense about our sources

In the article from Sunday’s Herald, “Debate over whether utilities meeting clean-energy goals,” how much energy is obtained from clean-energy sources, how much money is given back to users that conserve, but what is the true cost of these sources? I am concerned that we are demanding a solution without a proper solution created and this could further damage our already fragile economy.

Nationally, our sources of energy are as follows: Coal provides 42 percent of the electricity in the U.S., 25 percent from natural gas, and 19 percent from nuclear. Natural gas costs four-times what coal does and we spend only $30 billion on the coal we consume. The coal industry also provides over 1.5 million jobs in the U.S. All numbers were obtained from www.eia.gov, the Energy Information Administration (the statistical arm of the Department of Energy).

We would all love to find a great renewable source of energy, but we must use our common sense and patience. We have used coal for so many years that it will take years to find another source that gives us comparable power-to-density.

Todd Welch

Lake Stevens