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Renewable energy achievable

| Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, 9:00 p.m.

I feel the authors of the column “Working toward Pa.'s future” ignored the opportunity the clean-energy industry provides to Pittsburgh.

The renewable energy field is ready to help build a brighter, safer and smarter energy future. When fossil fuel industries talk about jobs and costs, they ignore the externalities from extraction, refining and use that endanger our citizens.

Pittsburgh felt the crushing impact of the steel-mill shutdown and we continue to grapple with lasting impacts. But we've learned. We know how fracking harms our communities, from poisoning our water to lowering property values. We also know the benefits of moving to a clean-energy economy: an industry that honors local health.

I moved from California to Pittsburgh to attend Pitt, and I've noticed a lack of concern Pennsylvanians seem to have about the environment. These issues touch all of our lives. Pittsburghers deserve clean energy that doesn't put them at risk.

Renewable energy is not only necessary but achievable, and Pittsburgh could be a leader in the industry. With over 70,000 clean-energy jobs already in Pennsylvania, support for renewable energy will improve our community by bringing more good-paying, family-sustaining jobs.

Nicki Aviel

Oakland

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