22 Jul '11, 3pm

Mayor Bloomberg Makes a $50M Anti-Coal Bet with Sierra Club

Mayor Bloomberg Makes a $50M Anti-Coal Bet with Sierra Club

In a gutsy move , New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced that his Bloomberg Philanthropies has pledged $50 million to the Sierra Club to fight coal plants. He didn't do it quietly, either. Bloomberg chartered a boat to take about 100 Sierra Club activists, friends, TV cameras and reporters out onto the Potomac River for a press conference in front of an Alexandria, Va., coal plant that environmentalist have been try shut, so far without success. Fittingly, he came to D.C. on a day when the heat was sweltering and authorities declared a "Code Orange," an alert meaning that the air is too dirty for kids to play outside. "The burning of coal does terrible harm to mothers, children and families across the country," Bloomberg declared, calling coal a "self-inflicted public health risk." Bloomberg and Mike Brune, the Sierra Club's executive director, set an ambitious g...

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