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Sen. Kevin Ranker, D-Orcas, makes some good points in his guest column “To protect our climate, stop purchasing coal,” [Opinion, May 28], but there’s more to consider.

For one thing, potential Senate bills pertaining to coal-plant closure contain extensive lists of costs for Washington ratepayers to cover — including lost CEO wages. I’m thinking that wouldn’t be very popular with Puget Sound Energy ratepayers.

Also, any such bill has to go through the Senate’s environmental committee, chaired by Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, who is no friend to the environment or to climate-change initiatives.

Republicans like to deny climate change, and actions and bills to temper it, while Democrats seem too timid to actually accomplish anything. Meanwhile, climate change affects us all and gets a little worse each day. Let’s find a better way to get Washington off coal power as soon as possible — and one that is friendlier to ratepayers.

Mike Shaw, Edmonds