Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Prevent future efforts to invest in coal power plants that are a huge contributor to climate change.
Among other coal power plants, Kemper County Energy Facility in Mississippi is planned for continued development of “clean coal” energy practices. President Barack Obama included development of the plant in his climate plan. Claimed as being “clean,” coal is still the number one polluter in the United States.
These practices are unacceptable for a renewable energy future in the United States. It’s also become a financial problem for the state. Since the Mississippi plant’s opening six years ago, problems related to the plant include being two years behind schedule and being $4 billion dollars over budget.
Kemper County is an area rich in coal that the company says is an investment for the future. The coal common to the region has a high ash content. The plant itself offers carbon capture technology which includes separating carbon dioxide and collecting and dumping it underground. The energy-intensive process poses risks for drinking water, air quality, acid rain, global warming and more.
A request is being made to President Barack Obama to not invest money in any more coal power plants in the United States–especially plants such as Kemper that are lagging behind in debt costing Mississippi thousands of dollars each year. Investing in our future means moving away from coal and guaranteeing clean water and air for all. Demand that no more money be invested in coal mining.
Dear President Obama,
I am writing to discourage the opening of new coal power plants in the U.S. Through your climate plan, you supported opening the Kemper County Energy Facility. Southern Company, the owner of the facility, created multiple problems for this project. The company is responsible for being nearly $4 billion dollars over budget, burdening the workers and local economy in Kemper County.
Beyond these economic challenges, environmental woes are equally problematic. Coal is the dirtiest form of energy. Though the “clean coal” processing claims to reduce emissions contributing to global warming, the waste stored underground and in oceans poisons water and air.
Although you proposed to cut clean coal technologies by three percent in next year’s budget, action needs to occur at current coal operating sites like Kemper in Mississippi immediately. Please propose converting all clean coal technologies into clean, renewable sources for the future.
With renewable energy only being 13.44 percent of U.S. consumption, surely we can do better. This proposal needs the support of your offices and future energy plans. Please ensure the success of our energy future.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Mississippi Power