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Copyright Francis Koster Ed. D.

Note: In addition to publishing my writing on this website, and emailing it to a mailing list of over 3,000 community leaders, my columns appear in several newspapers. One of the unsatisfying aspects of my work is that I never know if anyone acts on the material I create.  This column was an experiment.  Instead of writing about a national problem and a national opportunity, I decided to try to write about the same issue from a local perspective, choosing a community near where I live which had a social service organization willing to participate in the experiment.  This would allow me to monitor the impact of the column.   For a view of the results, check out the Letter To The Editor of.......

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By Francis Koster Ed.D.

Scientists and engineers are rolling out an ever expanding list of neat tools to help solve both environmental and public health issues caused by some of the ways we make electricity.

One of the side effects will likely be an involuntary transformation of the electrical system of the United States. Soon.

The most recent report shows that 37% of all electricity made in the United States comes from burning coal.[1] Burning coal is much worse for human health than most people know. Our roughly 500 coal plants cause over 200,000 emergency room visits each year, 20,000 heart attacks, and contribute heavily to the asthma now suffered by one in ten of our kids. All this misery has a national cost of over $100 billion.......

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