"The Great Coal Debate"
(ST. LOUIS, MO) – A leader from the country’s oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization, the Sierra Club, will face off against a representative from the largest private-sector coal company in the world, Peabody Energy, in a debate about the future of coal in our country. “The Great Coal Debate,” which is being hosted by the Washington University Student Union, is sure to be a lively discussion about what place, if any, coal has in the rapidly changing clean energy economy of the future.
WHO: Fred Palmer, Senior Vice President of Government Relations at Peabody Energy
WHERE: Graham Chapel, Washington University in St. Louis, Danforth Campus
WHEN: Tuesday, April 27, 5 pm (Doors open at 4:30 pm)
COVERAGE OPPORTUNITIES AND DETAILS
The discussion will be will be streamed live via http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-great-coal-debate. At the event, student activists will be available for comment about their school's unique position in the national debate about coal.
Peabody Energy, the largest private-sector coal company in the world, fuels 10 percent of all U.S. electricity generation, 2 percent of worldwide electricity production. In 2008, Peabody Energy donated $5 million toward the formation of the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization, a research initiative at Washington University in St. Louis, and Fred Palmer is on the Advisory Board of the consortium. Gregory Boyce, Peabody's CEO, was also appointed to the university's Board of Trustees in August of 2009.
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