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Coal is one of our most important energy sources. Coal fired power plants supply almost 40% of our electricity, the largest share of any single energy source. But burning coal for electricity also emits large quantities of dangerous air pollution, posing grave risks to human health.

  • Coal combustion emits large quantities of carbon dioxide. It is one of the most important drivers of global climate change. Relative to other energy sources, coal is the largest emitter of carbon dioxide.
  • Coal combustion emits pollutants that contribute to ground level ozone, which triggers asthma attacks and interferes with normal lung development.
  • The mercury that contaminates our fresh- and saltwater fish populations comes largely from coal-fired power plants. Mercury can harm brain development and is particularly risky for pregnant women and children.
  • Burning coal for energy emits fine particle pollution, or soot, which has been linked to heart attacks, strokes, and increases in death rates, hospital admissions, and infant mortality.

We need to make our power plants cleaner; the technology exists to sharply curtail dangerous air emissions from coal plants. We also need to shift to renewable energy sources that help us protect the health and future of our children.

One thing to do: Tell the EPA that you care about climate change and support limiting carbon emissions from power plants.

Premature Birth Rates Drop in California After Coal and Oil Plants Shut Down

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON May 25, 2018
This was written by Sabrina Shankman. It was originally published on Inside Climate News: Shutting down power plants that burn fossil fuels can almost immediately reduce the risk of premature birth in pregnant women living nearby, according to research published Tuesday. Researchers scrutinized records of more...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Coal

Speaking For Moms Against Federal Coal Ash Rule Rollback

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON April 30, 2018
This was written by Caroline Rutledge Armijo of Greensboro, North Carolina. Caroline was featured in The Story We Want, The Climate Listening Series: While Moms Clean Air Force members were protesting Scott Pruitt’s tenure, representatives from Appalachian Voices traveled to Arlington, VA to speak for three North Carolina...

TOPICS: Activism, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Coal, Motherhood, North Carolina

Montana Moms Testify in Wyoming in Support of America’s Clean Power Plan

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON April 10, 2018
In Gillette, Wyoming, Moms testified against repealing America’s Clean Power Plan. Gillette hosted the final EPA public hearing. America’s Clean Power Plan was first proposed under President Obama. At the time, the EPA conducted extensive public outreach and received more than 8 million comments in support...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Asthma, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Coal, Colorado, EPA, Heat and Extreme Weather, MCAF News, Montana, Politics, Pollution
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