US anti-coal campaign crosses halfway mark

Environmental group the Sierra Club has announced that its Beyond Coal campaign is more than halfway toward meeting its goal of responsibly securing the retirement of a third of the coal-fired power capacity in the United States. By early March, the campaign and its allies of more than 100 organizations nationwide had secured the retirement of 142 coal-burning power plants, representing nearly 54,000 megawatts (MW). The goal is to close down 105,000 MW of coal by 2015.

According to the Clean Air Task Force, the nearly 54,000 megawatts of coal retired by the campaign so far will result in approximately 3,900 lives saved, 6,000 heart attacks avoided, and $1.8 billion in health costs saved, every year. It also will prevent 206 million metric tons of climate-disrupting carbon pollution from being dumped into our air every year - the equivalent of removing 43 million cars from the road.

Source: Sierra Club press release, 1 March 2013

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