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Coal is an important energy source. Coal fired power plants supply 30% of our electricity, second only to natural gas. But burning coal for electricity 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: Don’t let Trump’s EPA poison our babies — tell EPA: hands off the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards..

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