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Tell the EPA: don't delay the proposed rule to capture leaking methane gas. Our health and the health of the climate cannot wait!

American people: Coal? No, thanks.

Posted by Barbara Gottlieb on November 11, 2008

As the nation embraces President-elect Barack Obama, Physicians for Social Responsibility welcomes the hope he brings for a new energy future. 

The next few years are the decisive moment to end reliance on fossil fuels and build a new world of carbon-free, toxics-free, sustainable and bountiful alternative energy.

If we invest substantially in that new path, we increase world stability and well-being in three ways:  we stave off global warming, create permanent new jobs in the U.S., and remove the motive for petroleum-based wars.

Are the American people ready to move away from coal?  Our friends in the Sierra Club (a strategic partner in PSR’s Code Black campaign) saw evidence to that effect in the final weeks of the electoral campaign.  They write, in a recent DailyKos blog, that a last-minute “coal blitz” by candidate John McCain failed to win over voters, even in coal states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Virginia.

We at PSR are rolling up our sleeves in the renewed hope that, in these next few critical years, we really will win on this life-and-death issue.

Clean energy?  Yes we can!

How do the opportunities and challenges stack up in your community?  Share your thoughts by commenting below.

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