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February 19th, 2009 By | News | Posted In: News, Environment, Public Policy, Social Justice

Clean Coal Myth

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No matter what a politician says, coal has never been and can’t be “clean” or serve as an “alternative” fuel that’s good for the environment. On position held by many groups is that limiting the use of coal is necessary to create the incentive to come up with energy alternatives that truly don’t harm the environment. The League of Women Voters is one of those groups.

“The League of Women Voters of the U.S. has called for a 'coal moratorium' - a ten-year freeze on the construction of new coal-fired power plants,” says a press release from the group. “Other national groups have stated that if we hope to prevent the worst of global warming, we have to stop burning coal, and fast. But what does this mean for Ohio, where 90 percent of electricity comes from coal and where the decline of traditional manufacturing has already caused great economic hardship?”

Nachy Kanfer will lead a discussion of how “a coal moratorium, coupled with energy efficiency and an aggressive green jobs campaign, will enable Ohio to lead the nation in its transition to clean energy.”

“Nachy Kanfer is the Sierra Club's National Coal Campaign representative in Ohio,” says the LWV. “He grew up in Columbus and is a graduate of Yale University. He recently returned to Ohio after working on several environmental programs in the Middle East.”

Coal Moratorium: a New Economy for Ohio is scheduled for April 29 7 p.m. Co-sponsored by Miami Group, Sierra Club; Citizens for Civic Renewal and the Woman’s City Club, the free event will be at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church Social Room (103 William Howard Taft Rd. C/O 45219).

Mark your calendars!

 
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