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Letter to the Editor: Colorado needs more renewable energy

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The use of renewable energy is becoming a big problem. To the east side of Golden, you can see a brown horizon because of the smog coming from Denver. Colorado is a beautiful place and we can’t ruin it by turning the sky ugly grays and browns.

Some 60 percent of the energy Colorado uses comes from coal, the nonrenewable resource we’ve all grown to know and love. That number isn’t as bad as a state like Kentucky with 93 percent for coal, but it’s not good either. 23 percent of the energy Colorado uses comes from natural gas and only 17 percent of the energy we use comes from renewable resources. Those are some bad numbers.

American Lung Association reports that “Almost half of the U.S. population lives in areas where air pollution levels are often dangerously high for them to breathe.” Is this the world we want to live in? The five locations across the US with the worst air pollution are all in California. California is a popular state so this makes sense. However, Colorado is becoming a more popular state.

Over the past few years, Colorado’s population raises 100,000 people each year! Colorado is the 20th most popular state, and soon enough it could turn out to have the same problem as California: too much pollution.

How can Colorado fix this problem? Colorado needs to change how it produces energy. The burning of coal releases carbon dioxide into the air, the main source of pollution. However, switching to a renewable energy source like wind energy can reduce the pollution Colorado makes.

Colorado is a beautiful place. It has towering mountains, green meadows, and thriving trees. Colorado needs to change its energy production methods to keep pollution away and keep its scenery beautiful.

Griffin Moyer,
Golden

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