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This Sierra Club milestone, 100 coal plants defeated, marks a significant shift in the way Americans are looking at our energy choices.

Cities, states, businesses and electric utilities are all moving away from the polluting coal power of the past. Where coal is no longer holding us back, clean energy technologies are leading the way to help repower, rebuild and refuel America. Watch the video to learn how we got here and why it's critical we move America beyond coal.

Meet the Movement

Are you working to move your community and the nation beyond coal? Add your story and read the stories from others in the movement.

John B. said...
For thirty years, I have fought the use and mining of coal in my region because that region became the largest concentration of coal plants in the world. As a result, a kid in Evansville, IN is five times more likely to be hospitalized with asthma than his counterpart in Ft. Wayne, IN which has similar demographics but no nearby coal plants. Coal has also devastated the regional economy and environment, leaving a legacy of waste and illness while stripping communities of their pride. Even though billions of dollars have been invested in this region in coal plants and mines, the area continues to be depressed economically just like every other coal community in the world. When you stake your future on coal, you get nothing but pollution and ill health in return. Evansville, Indiana

Fran C. said...
It is important to me because the mountain in WV where I played as a kid is now a slurry pit. We were poor, everyone was poor in the '40s in the Appalachians but we had our mountains. Now we don't even have a tree but we do have memories.

Leslie M. said...
It is important for America to move beyond coal and embrace clean energy for a brighter future. We need to preserve our mountains, heal our asthmatic children and restore our clean air by using wind and solar power. Hillsboro, Oregon

Joyce B. said...
Hundreds of thousands of prime flat farmland in Illinois will be devastated by longwall mining subsidence if we do not move beyond coal: it is already happening in the heartland of our nation's farm fields. Peoria, Illinois

Charles B. said...
I've driven through an appalachian coal town. I stopped overnight and could barely breathe the next few days. No one should have to live in a place like that.

Roger D. said...
My morning paper announced intentions of my power company to seek a rate increase. The revenue would be spent to build new coal and nuclear capacity and new powerlines to import "coal by wire". If I have to pay even a little more for my electricity, I want it to be for clean, green power. Fairfax, Virginia

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