Meet Trevor. He works with Public Citizen’s Texas Office, which is active in the fight against new coal-fired power plants. He’s got an important message for Bank of America and CitiBank, two of the financial giants that are trying to fund new coal-fired power plants. Here’s the deal: Coal is dirty. It’s yesterday’s technology. It’s time that we started investing in renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, and put our efforts into energy efficiency and conservation.
Coal-fired power plants are responsible for about a third of the CO2 emissions we produce in America. Think about it. That’s as much as all the vehicles on the road, planes in the sky and boats on our waterways combined.
But hey, if you don’t want to listen to us, listen to somewhat a lot smarter, like Dr. James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. This is from Bill McAuliffe’s story, “Top scientist objects to coal-based power plant,” in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune: “Phasing out coal-based power, Hansen wrote, “is 80 percent of the solution to the global warming crisis.”
So far, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty hasn’t shown the same political courage as his Kansas colleague, Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who has blocked plans to build new coal plants in her state.
But you don’t have to be a governor to do something about it. You can do like Trevor did and send your own message to the companies that want to make money off of new coal plants at our expense.