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December 12th, 2006

Are our children so naughty they deserve coal for decades?

by Union of Concerned Scientists

For generations, children have been threatened with coal in their stocking for being naughty–but giving kids coal fired power plants is a punishment that can last 40 years or more.

Today, coal provides about half of our nation’s electricity–at great cost to our health, land, water, and climate. Coal power is currently America’s single biggest source of global warming pollution and brain-damaging mercury emissions. In addition, coal mining pollutes our drinking water and is an extremely dangerous occupation.

Now, utilities across the country are pushing to build more than 150 new coal-fired power plants. Most of these plants would use old “pulverized coal” technology–designed to last at least 40-50 years. But it’s not too late to tell Congress our kids deserve better than coal.

This holiday season, ask your members of Congress to start the new year fresh by promoting energy efficiency and clean, renewable sources of electricity like wind and solar. Click to send an email to your senators and representative today.

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