- Saved 6,888 lives
- Prevented 10,694 heart attacks
- Prevented 113,565 asthma attacks
- Saved $3.2 billion in health care costs
“The rapid deployment of clean energy is unstoppable. What is missing in Ohio and too many communities is a plan to help the impacted workers and communities make the transition away from coal,” said Nilles. “As we mark this historic milestone, we must be honest that policy makers in places like Ohio are falling short of helping their states make this transition. With only 273 remaining coal plants it is critical that we beginning planning for an end to coal and real opportunities and choices for impacted workers and communities.”
“Despite claims to the contrary, King Coal is not coming back” said Michael Bloomberg. “Four coal-fired power plants have been slated for retirement since November, reflecting strong demand for clean energy over polluting coal. The Americans who power the Beyond Coal campaign won a big victory today and will continue to fight to close half the U.S. coal plants, clean our air and meet our global climate commitments.”
Bloomberg’s foundation has provided $80 million to the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign.
About the Beyond Coal Campaign:
The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign fights on multiple fronts — legal, organization, campaign and communications — to decarbonize the U.S. electric sector, largely by replacing coal with clean energy, and increasingly replacing natural gas with clean energy. Through an open source, top-down and bottom-up campaign, we are taking on one of the most powerful industries in history, have slashed U.S. coal use dramatically and are helping to usher in a clean energy revolution. But our movement hasn’t just transformed the electric sector; we’ve improved public health for the millions of Americans who live downwind of these deadly coal plants and coal mines, cleared the haze pollution blanketing too many of our national parks, and inspired thousands of community leaders, who have found their voice and their power by winning campaigns against opponents that once seemed invincible.
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