29 Feb '12, 5pm

Activists have succeeded in getting Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to shut down the city’s two coal plants

Activists have succeeded in getting Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to shut down the city’s two coal plants — one of them by the end of the year. That doesn’t mean the city is off coal power entirely, of course, but banishing coal plants from within the city limits will have a massive effect on urban health. As Philip Radford wrote here on Grist last year, pollution from the Windy City’s coal plants costs tens of thousands of lives: Every year, the toxic pollution that spews from the smokestacks of America’s coal-fired power plants kills between 13,000 and 34,000 people, according to studies by the Clean Air Task Force and Harvard University. That staggering figure doesn’t include the carbon pollution — one third of all U.S. emissions — that is driving the planet into runaway climate change. That health carnage inspired groups like the Chicago Clean Power Coalition to lobby aga...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/chicago-goes-coal-free/

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