In his June 4 op-ed, “Here’s how we leave coal behind,” Stephen L. Kass told us that eminent domain is a fine way to shut down coal companies. All the government has to do is take the land and pay “fair, market-based compensation.”
What a lovely, Trumpian solution. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is sure to approve. It would be just the precedent he would like to cite against the next obstinate widow like Vera Coking when he tried to take her home for only a quarter of an earlier offer.
Barney Gorin, Gaithersburg
How would Stephen L. Kass replace the 34 percent of the electricity generated in this country by coal-fired plants over a 10-year period? Many of them can be, and some are being, converted to natural gas, but not all. And some are being equipped with scrubbers. But many are not fit for either of those “fixes” because of design or age and will be left to run out their useful lives while replacement plants are built.
Wind and solar will never have the capability of supporting the uninterrupted 24/7 baseload capacity now generated by those nasty coal plants, and new gas (another nasty fossil fuel) and nuclear plants will take decades, not years, to steer their way through myriad environmental regulations, planning, engineering and construction.
But Mr. Kass couldn’t be bothered with these messy details.
Al DiCenso, Annapolis