Take Action: More Help Needed for Clean Energy Jobs
The production tax credit (PTC) for wind power expired at the end of 2013, and Congress's failure to extend this credit is beginning to disrupt the steady growth and job creation of the wind industry. For example, if the PTC were extended through 2016, the wind industry estimates it would support approximately 95,000 jobs, with total investment growing to $16.3 billion!
Send a message to Congress -- tell them to renew the wind energy production tax credit.
Take Action: No Toxic Ash in Our Water!
We still need your help! Last week told you about coal ash, a byproduct of burning coal for electricity.
It's one of the largest waste streams in the country, with nearly 140 million tons produced each year, and it contains dangerous chemicals like arsenic, mercury, chromium, selenium, lead, and boron.
Currently, no federal safeguards protect communities and waterways from coal ash pollution!
Tell your representative to call on the Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a strong coal ash standard by the end of the year.
Grassroots Activism: Kansas's Windy Kids
Sierra Club Kansas volunteer Dan Whisler is a high school environmental science teacher helping students innovate wind power technology.
Whisler's Sterling High School was selected as one of the first schools to participate in the Kansas Wind for Schools. "I've been working since then to develop a renewable energy curriculum complete with hands-on classroom activities," says Dan. "Since completing the weeklong KidWind Wind Senator training in Maine two years ago, I've hosted six different teacher workshops and helped over 100 Kansas teachers learn how to use these activities with students in their classrooms, too."
Learn more about Dan and his students at the 2014 KidWind Challenge!
Grassroots Activism: 11-Year-Old vs. Coal in Arizona
Anna Rose Almeida is an awesome 11-year-old who volunteers with Sierra Club Arizona in the campaign to replace the state's filthy and massive Navajo Generating Station coal plant with clean energy.
Anna and her mom are regulars at Sierra Club events, and Anna's even started her own nonprofit so kids can work to stop climate disruption.
Check out Anna's volunteerism in this column by Beyond Coal director Mary Anne Hitt.