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Breaking up With Coal
Across the US, Groups Are Cutting Ties with Coal This Valentine's Day
NATIONWIDE - February 13 - This Valentines day, there will be actions from Boston, Massachusetts to Black Mesa in Arizona calling for an end to coal, and that's just the beginning. Since Obama has taken office, just 3 short weeks ago, there have been more than 50 actions in 25 states proclaiming the need for the US to break up with coal and move on to a healthier relationship--metaphorically speaking.
These community events have been connected by a common thread -- a scrappy but quickly booming movement called Power Past Coal (www.powerpastcoal.org), which is linking together an action every day for the first 100 days of Obama's presidency. So far, the response to this effort has been overwhelming.
"We originally had hoped to connect just one action for each day, but some days have had as many as 5 or 6 events. America's relationship to coal is troubling and toxic - and people are showing they are ready to move onto something healthier and more sustainable, like renewable energy and investments in efficiency and conservation," said participant Adam Wells of southwestern Virginia, where groups are fighting mountaintop removal coal mining and working for energy efficiency initiatives.
"Transitioning beyond coal won't be easy, but we need to begin today if we are going to slow global warming and bring healthier, green jobs into communities that have been most impacted by coal mining, burning, and waste disposal." said Ted Glick of Chesepeake Climate Action Network, whose events include encouraging citizens across the country to tell their legislators why they love clean energy.
Power Past Coal events of the past three weeks have been as diverse as the groups participating in this landmark project. Saturday's events include Black Mesa Water Project's event to asking the new Secretary of the Intererior to reverse the "life of mine" permit in their community near Flagstaff, AZ.
Across the US, Rising Tide Boston is "breaking up" with Bank of America; asking members to close their accounts in an effort to hold Bank of America accountable to its commitment to stop financing mountaintop removal and climate change.
New York City Loves Mountains will be encouraging New York residents to make the switch to clean energy and end their reliance on mountaintop removal coal mining. And at the heart of the mountaintop removal debate, groups across Kentucky are taking action with Kentuckians for the Commonwealth to support the Stream Saver, a state bill that would ban valley fills. More events on Valentine's Day and beyond can be found at www.powerpastcoal.org
Despite the flurry of activity this Saturday, organizers insist the real momentum is just beginning-dozens more events advocating for a transition past coal and a switch to clean energy will send a strong message to President Obama, as well as Congress and local leaders that the United States is ready to Power Past Coal. See www.powerpastcoal.org for more information.