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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..

Our Children Need Health Protections Strengthened, Not Rolled Back

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON December 12, 2018
This post is written by Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll, Green the Church Co-Founder. It first appeared in Successful Black Parenting (used with permission): Today, being Black in America is dangerous. My wife and I don’t want our children to worry about their survival. We want them to run,...

TOPICS: African-American Community, Carbon Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Coal, EPA, Mercury Poisoning, Politics, Pollution, Social Justice

Health Experts Warn of Dire Impacts of Climate Change

BY Molly Rauch ON December 7, 2018
Climate change threatens the health of Americans and is having major impacts now, according to a recent report from the Lancet, one of the world’s leading medical journals. The annual report, called the Lancet Countdown, is a collaboration of researchers from 27 leading academic institutions,...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Carbon Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Coal, EPA, Heart Health, Heat and Extreme Weather, Politics, Pollution, Science

Andrew Wheeler Was a Coal Lobbyist. Now He Heads EPA.

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON December 5, 2018
The video below from CNN that asks: How on earth can a coal industry lobbyist be in charge of EPA, charged with protecting our health and safety from air and climate pollution? From CNN’s Drew Griffin: “Andrew Wheeler, the former coal lobbyist who is now acting administrator of...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Clean Air Act, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Coal, EPA, Politics, Pollution

There’s No Such Thing As Clean Coal

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON December 3, 2018
Here’s a dirty little secret: “U.S. taxpayers have spent billions of dollars subsidizing chemically treated refined coal.” “The tax-credit program is bridging the divide to make coal clean and beautiful,” said North Dakota Republican Congressman Kevin Cramer, borrowing President Trump’s two favorite adjectives to describe...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Children's Health, Coal, Mercury Poisoning, Ozone, Pregnancy, Renewable Energy, Soot

Mercury Pollution in the United States

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON November 25, 2018
Mercury standards under attack: The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards are a lifesaving, fully implemented, effective pollution prevention program that specifically protects pregnant women and babies from harm. Since 2012, the mercury standards have helped to dramatically lower mercury emissions from coal plants. Moms want...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Coal, Environment, EPA, Mercury Poisoning
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