Coal-burning plant outside of B/CS

Dear Friends,

It is absolutely astonishing that plans are nearly set to reopen a coal-burning plant outside of B/CS?

The 420-megawatt coal-fired Gibbons Creek power plant is on a reservoir, where many people enjoy fishing, just outside of Bryan/College Station. This plant was closed in October of 2019 for environmental and cost reasons. Now an energy company based in Scottsdale, AZ has plans to ship in coal from CO to burn in our backyard. It is well known that air pollution from coal-fired power plants is linked with asthma, cancer, heart and lung ailments, neurological problems and severe public health impacts. People living near coal-fired power plants have higher death rates and die at earlier ages. Even the cleanest coal processing (CO2-capturing) does not eliminate the release of mercury, nitrogen oxide, and other poisonous contaminants into the air.  The radioactive material in coal ash, a byproduct of burnt coal, contaminates water ways and groundwater with dangerous radioactive chemicals and toxic heavy metals (selenium, mercury, cadmium and arsenic) that are all associated with cancer, according to the EPA.  Please join me in trying to stop this very irresponsible plan that will profit the AZ company and Wyoming coal miners but hurt us. Go to: REOPENING OF A COAL PLANT OUTSIDE OF B/CS! REALLY? REOPENING OF A COAL PLANT OUTSIDE OF B/CS! REALLY? REOPENING OF A COAL PLANT OUTSIDE OF B/CS! REALLY? 1. Sign a Petition Against Reopening of the Coal-powered Plant. 2. Send letters to the TMPA in opposition to reopening the coal-burning plant. A template of a letter is provided for your use. 3. Send letters to the editor of The Eagle Newspaper and ask for good investigative reporting on this problem 4. Join your regional Citizens' Climate Lobby (CCL). Please send this email to your friends, family, your church's social justice committee, co-workers, neighbors, churches in your area,  etc., etc. so that we can stop this very dangerous plan to reopen this coal-burning plant that can only hurt us while out-of-state individuals profit. Please contact  me if you have any questions. Pam Johnson

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