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Letter: Eyesores in our towns

There are derelict railcars piling up on sidings in towns in our region, including Silt, Canyon Creek and Gypsum.

So what is the problem? They are unsightly and it seems they may be there forever. Why is this happening?

In my opinion it is because of the demise of the coal business in our region. Most of the railcars are coal haulers, and the market for the coal burned in power plants east of us is disappearing because of global climate change-based regulations.

There is considerable discussion of the future potential impacts of climate change but very little about the real human impact of moving away from fossil fuels such as coal (e.g. loss of jobs in coal mining, transportation and power generation). I hope our elected officials are looking at ways to ease the impacts to affected communities and individuals.

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