Trade offs.

Sammy Roth's column addresses the elephant in the room of virtually all climate conversations right now: The energy transition is going to demand changes that are going to also require trade-offs.

Roth writes with deep compassion for towns like Colstrip, a city of 2,000 people in Montana, where he says, "Coal is their everything." I appreciate Roth's careful, respectful and urgent voice here.

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Cat Clifford

Senior Science and Economics Correspondent