Wednesday, January 07, 2009

An e-mail I got today: I'm angry too!

Bailey --

I know it's not good practice to fire off emails when we're angry, but right now I need to make an exception.

In case you missed it, a giant wave of more than 1 billion gallons of toxic coal sludge came barreling down on a community in eastern Tennessee from the nearby Kingston Coal plant over the holidays. The disaster is 48 times larger than the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Tens of thousands of people in surrounding counties are now searching for clean drinking water. Yes, here in America.

What really irks me is the fact that this was not a natural disaster. This was a "man-made" disaster tied directly to our reliance on dirty energy, and it's only the tip of the iceberg. More than half of the country lives within 30 miles of a coal plant like the one in Tennessee.

Fortunately, we don't need to watch more Americans spend their holidays digging out of toxic coal sludge. Tell the new Congress that coal is dirty and unnecessary -- we want clean energy now:

The Coal industry spent over $45 million last year trying to convince Americans that the dirtiest fuel on the planet is in fact "clean." This just proves that in reality, there's no such thing as "clean coal."

Despite this tragedy, the coal industry wants to build more pollution-belching coal plants. You can help prevent that from happening. You can help stop the coal rush.

Your Members of Congress have the power to stop dirty coal plants from being built, so tell them that investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency would result in more jobs for the same amount of power -- without the toxic sludge:

Thanks for your quick attention on this, and please forward this message on to your networks far and wide to be sure that Congress gets the wake up call.

Gillian Caldwell
1Sky Campaign Director

PS. To see videos of the devastation in Tennessee and get more information, visit this blog tracking real-time updates as well the United Mountain Defense website.

PPS. The picture above is of a resident living on Swan Pond Circle Road, the residential area closest to the breach site. She's holding a picture of what her back yard used to look like before the Kingston Fossil Plant coal sludge spill. Photo credit: SouthWing

1 comment:

  1. Bailey, thanks for posting this action to your blog! Together we can put an end to the disasters associated with coal.

    1Climate, 1Future, 1Chance!