Coal-Fired Power Plants
Using coal to generate electricity is dirty and harmful throughout its cycle. As other pages on this site explain, mining and washing of coal before it is burned, and disposal of the waste after burning, have devastating effects on nearby communities, waterways and ecosystems. The burning of coal is also the largest source of climate change causing greenhouse gases, and emits pollutants like nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide that cause asthma attacks and cardiovascular disease and contribute to acid rain. These harms are intrinsic to the use of coal; simply put, the only way to avoid them is to stop mining and burning coal. To that end, one of our goals is to help prevent new or expanded coal-burning power plants and phase out existing ones.
As a concrete step in this direction, we are proud to be a founding member of the Asheville Beyond Coal campaign along with the Sierra Club, the Western North Carolina Alliance, North Carolina Interfaith Power and Light, and Transition Asheville. The goal of this campaign is to develop sufficient renewable energy, efficiency, and conservation resources to allow the eventual retirement of the coal-fired power plant on the outskirts of Asheville.