Target: Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze
Goal: Stop giving out new leases for coal mines in the United States.
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is asking for public input with regards to its stance on coal energy mines moving forward. We must take advantage of this opportunity to speak out against dirty coal. Coal is considered by many scientists to be the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the world. If we truly want to tackle climate change, we will have to give up coal for good. The BLM thus needs to stop giving out new leases for coal mining projects in the United States.
There is no disputing the fact that burning coal is an extremely harmful source of energy in terms of environmental and public health. It causes massive air pollution, which contributes directly to a whole host of respiratory issues. Our most vulnerable populations, particularly pregnant women and children, are acutely susceptible. The evidence is so clear that groups like Physicians for Social Responsibility have gone so far as to call coal energy an “assault on human health.”
Also, coal is no longer economically sustainable as an industry. Solar power companies already employ over twice as many people as the coal energy sector. It is imperative that we continue to support this momentum away from dirty energy sources toward cleaner alternatives.
This is the first time that the Bureau of Land Management has decided to review its stance on coal mining in over 30 years. With environmental and public health problems clearly outlined by the scientific community, and economic troubles becoming more and more evident, now is the time to definitively move on from coal. Sign the petition below to urge Bureau of Land Management Director Neil Kornze to officially stop giving out new leases to dirty coal companies in the United States.
Dear Director Kornze,
It is great to hear that the Bureau of Land Management is asking for public feedback regarding the bureau’s review of coal mining leases. Dirty coal is one of the top contributors to climate change and thus we cannot continue to carry on with business as usual when it comes to new leases for coal mines. It’s time we stop giving out new leases for dirty coal in the United States.
On top of the havoc that coal burning plants wreak on the environment, they also present severe risks to public health. The respiratory problems that are incurred from coal-burning air pollution are deadly. In fact, some in the scientific community assert that the coal industry contributes to four of the five most frequent causes of death in the United States.
If we want to take both climate change and public health seriously, then we simply cannot keep relying on coal burning plants for energy any longer. I urge you to stop giving out new leases for dirty coal in the United States.
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