If You're Going to San Francisco... Don't Bring Your Coal

by
Jeff Biggers

"San Francisco: Where the Power is Clean and Life is Good"

Hey kids! Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge without a film of mercury!

Bring grandma and stroll through Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf
free from the thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and
carbon dioxide emissions, as well as the particulate matter that lead
to thousands of heart attacks and asthma attacks!

Go to Alcatraz and stand in solidarity with the Appalachian
coalfields, soon to be freed from the prison of mountaintop removal
mining!

Only in San Francisco: A Coal-Free City!

Well, almost.

While Los Angeles and Dehli, India have announced their intentions
to become coal-free cities, the Bay Area-based Pacific General and
Electric company still apparently gets 8 percent of its juice from coal:

 

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According to I Love Mountains,
which campaigns against mountaintop removal and monitors the
consumption of mountaintop removal coal, part of San Francicso's lovely
skyline is lit up with strip-mined coal. Check out your neighborhood here.

But a coal-free future in San Francisco is looking bright.

Even Air Products,
which reportedly burns some of that mountaintop removal coal, recently
announced a plan to convert partially from coal to biomass--including
peach pits and pistachio and walnuts.

Mayor Gavin Newsom has been in the forefront of urban clean energy initiatives. And SF-based groups like Rainforest Action Network
have been national leaders in confronting banks and their lending
practices to devastating mountaintop removal coal operators. The Sierra
Club has its own vision of a coal-free California.

All San Francisco lacks now is the announcement.

And the postcards (these visionary and hopeful views come from Ben Evans, Co-Founder of Yert.com)

 

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Feel free to add your own coal-free slogans for San Francisco:

"Hot New Selling Point for Cities"

"One More Reason to Visit San Francisco"

"How to Beat a Recession One Tourist at a Time"

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