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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..

Pending Pick for EPA Chief is Bad for Kids, Bad for Colorado

BY Moms Clean Air Force ON February 20, 2019
This op-ed published originally in Colorado Politics was written by Christine Berg. Christine is the Colorado field organizer for Moms Clean Air Force:  A toxic class of synthetic chemicals known as PFAS has contaminated drinking water across the country including here in Colorado. Under immense pressure from...

TOPICS: Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Coal, Colorado, EPA, Politics, Pollution, Toxics

The Green New Deal is a Big Deal. Here’s Why.

BY Diane MacEachern ON February 11, 2019
The Green New Deal hit the US with the force of a Katrina-sized hurricane when it was unveiled last week – and yes, the comparison is fitting. The GND, as it’s being called, aims to eliminate the carbon emissions fueling climate change and the resulting...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Coal, Environment, Heat and Extreme Weather, Natural Gas, Politics, Renewable Energy

Mercury Protections Draw Broad Support

BY Molly Rauch ON February 6, 2019
This week, Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), ranking member on the Senate Environmental Public Works (EPW) Committee, joined industry, health, faith, and environmental justice experts for a Senate briefing co-hosted by Moms Clean Air Force and Earthjustice. The topic: Why these “odd bedfellows” oppose EPA Acting...

TOPICS: Air Pollution, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Coal, EPA, Mercury Poisoning, Politics, Washington DC

People Across the Country Agree: #StopWheeler

BY Ronnie Citron-Fink ON January 15, 2019
In case you missed Dominique’s op-ed in the New York Times, here are a few highlights: “When I was pregnant with my first child, 35 years ago, one of the first things my doctor in Texas told me was to stop eating tuna, swordfish and...

TOPICS: African-American Community, Air Pollution, Children's Health, Clean Air Rules and Regulations, Climate Change, Coal, Environment, EPA, Food, Mercury Poisoning, Politics, Pollution, Pregnancy, Religion, Science, Social Justice
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