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Issues > Fossil Fuels to Clean Energy > Beyond Coal

Moving Wisconsin Beyond Coal

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Coal is Number 1 Mercury Page Asthma Carbon Dioxide Coal in your backyard Volunteer Opportunities Mountaintop Removal Mining Soot and Smog Mountaintop Removal Mining Mercury in Wisconsin Volunteer with the Sierra Club Coal in Wisconsin

Coal is a rock made of mostly carbon and, like all fossil fuels, was cause by plant matter decaying at the bottom of a sea, trapped under mud or another matter that prevents oxidation.  Coal has been used for centuries for electricity. 

Recently (especially with the industrial revolution and growing population), electrical use has grown, and along with it the use of coal.  We are now starting to see the destruction this causes.

Burning coal is the top contributor to climate change, and is major threat to our health and our habitats. Mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants has contaminated every lake, river, and waterway in Wisconsin.

Coal ash
threatens our waterways and has created disastrous situations in Wisconsin.  Click here to learn the latest about the coal ash spill at the Oak Creek Coal Plant!

Soot pollution
from coal-fired power plants has been linked to over 550,000 asthma attacks, 38,000 heart attacks, and 22,000 avoidable deaths annually in the United States. In Wisconsin, over 123,000 children and over 400,000 adults struggle with asthma.  Asthma alone costs Wisconsin over $1 billion each year.

Corporate polluters have launched a major propaganda campaign to make the public believe in "clean coal." Unfortunately, this is a myth created by ad executives meant to keep our energy policy in the dark ages. Click here to learn more.

Coal in Your Backyard:

We still have several large, old coal plants that should be retired rather than being allowed to continue polluting our air, jeopardizing our health and contributing to climate change.

Click here to learn about the coal plants in your area.