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Green America’s plan to combat global warming calls for a moratorium on coal. Coal is the dirtiest of all fossil fuels -- it creates more pollution than oil, natural gas, and gasoline when burned. If we’re going to get serious about fighting global warming, we need a complete halt to the coal industry.
Our Campaign to Protect Communities from Coal Ash
When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the spring of 2010, even pro-drilling critics could see the terrible effects of oil-drilling on the Gulf of Mexico. The spill was widely reported to be "bigger than Exxon-Mobil," but less widely reported are the multiple coal-ash spills in Appalachia, including TWO since 2000 that have been "bigger than Exxon-Valdez."
Coal ash is a toxic by-product of burning coal, which contains high levels of arsenic, chromium, selenium, and barium. When coal ash ponds spill local waterways become so contaminated as to lose literally all of the aquatic life to the coal-ash poisons. The EPA has recently launched a public comment period on its proposal to regulate coal ash as a hazardous waste. (Read our editorial on the subject. And send your message to the EPA from here.)
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