The energy options facing the city of Independence are outlined in a column by Lynn Youngblood in a column in The Independence Examiner.
Among her other points, Youngblood writes:
" ....nothing is much more abhorrent than what we do to our earth than the entire process of coal burning, from mining to burning. Yes, I know we need the fuel – there are other ways of gaining electricity, much less environmentally costly ways. Almost 15 years ago, 52 percent of our electricity was coal mined; now only 37 percent comes from coal."