FOCUS ON: Coal

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.

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TOPICS: African-American Community, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Coal, Politics, Social Justice
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