No More Coal
Not only is coal burning responsible for one third of US carbon emissions -- the main contributor to climate disruption -- but it is also making us sick. In the U.S., 1 out of 10 children suffers from asthma -- it is the number-one illness that causes kids to miss school. Half of U.S. families live in places with unsafe air. Pollution from coal-fired power plants leads to smog, which can cause chest pain, coughing, and breathing difficulties. Smog can make conditions like bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma worse or even fatal.
Coal pollution is responsible for:
- 13,000 premature deaths every year
- More than $100 billion in annual health costs
- Over 200,000 asthma attacks annually
Burning coal also releases toxic mercury that rains down onto rivers and streams and contaminates the fish that we eat. Mercury is especially dangerous to pregnant women and young children because it's a powerful neurotoxin that can damage the brain and nervous system.
HOW MANY DIRTY COAL-BURNING
PLANTS HAVE WE RETIRED?
DIRTY POWER PLANTS RETIRED
announced they will retire and have set a specific retirement date.
DIRTY BOILERS RETIRED
DIRTY MEGAWATTS RETIRED
CLEAN ENERGY MEGAWATTS
solar will step in to replace them, providing many new jobs for American workers.
- Numbers are per year, data from the Clean Air Task Force