21 Jul '11, 2pm

Bloomberg and Sierra Club Join Forces to Slow #Coal via @nytimes

Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Speaking on the deck of a boat idling near a coal-fired power plant in Alexandria, Va., Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced a $5 million coal-fighting donation. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York announced on Thursday that his main charitable organization would donate $50 million over four years to the Sierra Club’s campaign to shut down coal plants and move the United States toward cleaner sources of energy. Appearing with the Sierra Club’s executive director, Michael Brune, near a coal plant in Alexandria, Va., Mr. Bloomberg said he hoped that his gift would help the environmental group retire as many as a third of the nation’s oldest coal-fired power plants by 2020. Coal provides nearly half of the nation’s electricity but is also responsible for roughly a third of the country’s output of carbon dioxide and other climate-altering...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/21/bloomberg-and-s...

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