This holiday season, I'm writing to urge you not to punish our kids with coal--but to start the New Year clean by promoting renewable sources of energy like wind and solar.
More than 150 new coal power plants have been proposed nationwide. Almost all of these plants would use old, pulverized coal technology--releasing unacceptably high levels of mercury emissions and global warming pollution into the air we breathe.
These power plants harm our health, land, water, and climate--imposing tremendous costs on our children, and on their children.
On average, coal power plants emit as much global warming pollution in one year as 600,000 cars. Unlike a car, however, these plants will be polluting for 40 to 50 years into the future. Please don't punish our kids with coal--they deserve better.
Promoting energy efficiency, and clean energy alternatives such as wind, solar, and bioenergy, are effective ways of meeting our growing energy needs. Please start the New Year, and the new Congress, off on the right foot--support clean, renewable energy for our future.