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Coal is the single largest source of human-caused global greenhouse gas emissions and the U.S. is the world’s second largest coal producer. Coal-fired energy generation damages cardiovascular and respiratory health and threatens healthy child development. To protect our climate and public health, we must decrease our country’s reliance on coal and challenge the powerful coal industry while building demand for a clean energy economy.

In the 21st century we should not be using this dangerous and outdated technology to power our homes, schools, hospitals and businesses. Coal mining, burning, and storage all carry significant risks to public health and to the climate. No bank or power utility should invest even one more dollar in coal.

Perhaps the most horrific form of coal mining is mountaintop removal (MTR), which obliterates mountains and poisons communities in Appalachia. In 2013, Barclays bank was the #1 financier of MTR coal worldwide. Demand that Barclays stop funding MTR. 


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  • Benjamin Mackenzie
    commented 2016-11-15 02:01:25 -0800
    Coal is very dangerous but I wouldn’t blame just the use of coal on all the problems of this world. We should try to find a way to cut down on coal usage but do it smart and with thinking and not just cut without further plan.
    Save the planet!
  • Amanda Scotts
    commented 2016-09-26 06:48:18 -0700
    I totally agree about coal. It is really harmful to everyone, not just humans but also to animals as well. Me and my team at donated some money for this good cause.
  • Emma Clark
    commented 2016-09-18 22:22:26 -0700
    I think burning coal emits harmful waste such as carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, etc. The burning of coal by large-scale factories to power industry has led to acid rain in some regions.
  • Mohamed Elhosary
    commented 2016-04-16 12:58:18 -0700
    I think with the bio gas and all this green energy the earth may got better unless the human who the main cause of damaging the nature discover new other shit and start to damage the nature again.
    M Elhosary,
  • Monte McKenzie
    commented 2016-01-10 07:50:37 -0800
    WV is now the champion of the all states with employment avoidance because of lack of local jobs.
    Put WV back to work by developing the cheapest of all green energy “geothermal”. The only geothermal opportunity nature gave America in the eastern US is here in WV. The USDE already has money appropriated to develop geothermal energy sites! It is being spent in the west! However the major focus should be the eastern USA! Fact; economic manufacturing development will blossom close to cheap energy. major underemployment is near this abundant source of free energy, Government subsidy of hydropower in western states gave them the economic boost needed to develop industry there in the 50’s 60’s and 70’s and has kept energy costs lower in the west than the eastern USA by several cents per KWH. Eastern USA is coal, and oil, & gas, rich, all are on there last legs and should be eliminated as fast as possible. So lets eliminate them, with our newest green energy resource “WV geothermal electrical generation”. Again make WV the nations leading source of energy as it was 30 years ago when coal was king!
  • Brian Cullen
    commented 2015-05-14 06:51:31 -0700
    coal is very unhealthy, i agree
  • Duaa M
    commented 2014-10-03 08:04:50 -0700
    coal is very unhealthy, while there is other clean and cheap energy out there, its really a crime to use coal for anything, and it should punished severely
  • Scott Davis
    commented 2014-07-27 08:42:45 -0700
    The EPA has had their teeth punched out by the fossil fuel industry since it was created to protect our environment. We must sue governments or developers (CEQA) in court if environmental documents are inadequate. Congress has tied up the EPA from the start. The EPA must be able to protect our environment more than ever before now that our habitats are being threatened by scientifically proven global warming.
  • Susan Pernot
    commented 2014-07-26 07:06:04 -0700
    No more destruction.
  • Lisa Adams
    commented 2014-07-26 06:39:16 -0700