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    Stopping Dirty Coal


    Coal is the dirtiest way to supply the nation with energy, and one of the lead contributors to climate change. Coal is a threat to the health of the planet and the communities in which it is mined and burned. Coal-fired power plants release many dangerous pollutants such as sulfur dioxide, mercury and lead. Emissions from coal plants complicate diseases such as asthma, cardiac pulmonary disease and many other circulatory and respiratory conditions, and studies have shown a statistically significant link between mercury and increased autism rates.


    Dr. James Hansen, the first scientist to warn the US Congress of the dangers of climate change and director of Nasa's Goddard Institute for Space Studies has said,


    “It remains possible, and not entirely painful” to address global warming. “The most important step... would be to prohibit the construction of coal-fired power plants...” (Houston Chronicle, Oct 25, 2007).


    Out of concern for human health, environmental quality, and the dangers of climate change, Public Citizen opposes the use of coal as an energy source.


    Stopping the Texas Coal Rush


    Texas already has more operating coal-fired facilities than any other state. In 2007, an additional 18 coal plants were pending as companies rushed to escape stronger environmental regulations. In part as a result of the hard work of groups like Public Citizen Texas, 11 of those plants were stopped in their tracks.


    But the threat from coal is far from over. Texas still has 12 proposed coal and pet coke fired power plants



    If all these 12 proposed plants were built, Texas would emit an additional:

    • 77 million tons of carbon dioxide every year
    • 53,630 tons per year of SO2
    • 29,660 tons per year of NOx
    • 14,180 tons per year of PM
    • 3,434 pounds per year of Mercury



    Public Citizen Texas works to organize community members opposed to new coal plants in their area, and has helped establish a non-profit advocacy group in almost every community in Texas with a pending plant. Public Citizen Texas also works with the Legislature to create new state-wide policies relating to coal plants and their permitting processes, and advises cities owning or purchasing power from coal plants on alternative ways of meeting their energy needs.

    For more information about what you can do to stop a coal plant planned for your community, contact us or join the Coal Block community .


    For more links about Texas coal click here.

    TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas » Coal
    Problems with New ERCOT Report on EPA Clean Power Plan

    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) released a report yesterday titled “ERCOT Analysis of the Impacts of the Clean Power Plan” regarding the costs, benefits, and concerns of Texas’ compliance with Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan. The Clean Power Plan, put forth by the EPA on June 2, 2014, would set […]

    The post Problems with New ERCOT Report on EPA Clean Power Plan appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014 5:10:06 PM

    Tonawanda Coke Coal Plant Receives Large Fine for Violating the Clean Air Act in NY

    A coal plant outside of Buffalo, NY was issued one of the largest fines ever imposed criminally on a company for violating the Clean Air Act. On Wednesday, March 19th, Tonawanda Coke Corp. was fined $12.5 million for knowingly and illegally releasing hundreds of tons of the carcinogen benzene into the air for five years […]

    The post Tonawanda Coke Coal Plant Receives Large Fine for Violating the Clean Air Act in NY appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.

    Friday, April 04, 2014 7:25:57 AM

    Natural Gas Climate Change Impact Almost as Bad as Coal Because of Methane Leakage

    While we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing the words “natural”, “healthy” and “environmentally-friendly” thrown around in advertisements for a variety of consumer goods, it’s important to remember that household items are not the only things capable of being greenwashed – case in point, natural gas. The word “natural” has been used to connote things such […]

    The post Natural Gas Climate Change Impact Almost as Bad as Coal Because of Methane Leakage appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.

    Sunday, February 23, 2014 9:29:33 AM

    Coal and China – a hazy future

    NBC news reports a spike in air pollution readings over 20 times the recommended exposure levels suggested by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Beijing on Thursday, cloaking China’s capitol in a thick, gray haze .  Click here to read the NBC story. The resultant air warning was just the first of 2014. In January […]

    The post Coal and China – a hazy future appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.

    Thursday, January 16, 2014 7:51:33 PM

    Fines, Follow Fun Filled Freeze

    Remember sitting at home during February 2 of 2011 as the temperatures dropped and the power kept getting turned off. As millions of Texas sat in the cold and dark Luminant, Texas largest power generator, wasn’t able to get its power plants running along with other generators. Luminant Energy Company, LLC’s, recently was fined $750,000 […]

    The post Fines, Follow Fun Filled Freeze appeared first on TexasVox: The Voice of Public Citizen in Texas.

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013 6:00:00 PM

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