Cooling Coal’s Jets

Photo by Ulrich McCowan MacDonald. Some rights reserved.

Check out the great map published yesterday by Mother Jones, which uses data from the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal project to map the status of various coal plants across the states (existing, progressing, or blocked). The accompanying article lauds the work that Sierra Club has done to toss out “two-thirds of 249 new coal plant proposals, avoiding more than 654 million metric tons of carbon that would have seeped into the atmosphere each year.”

According to the Sierra Club,  retiring one “dirty coal-burning plant” will prevent:

  • more than 29 premature deaths
  • 47 heart attacks
  • 146 asthma attacks
  • 22 asthma emergency room visits

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