ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bloomberg Philanthropies announced this morning that it is donating $50 million to the Sierra Club’s ‘Beyond Coal’ Campaign. In response, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity Senior Vice President, Communications Evan Tracey released the following statement:
“The ‘Beyond Coal’ campaign actually would move America beyond jobs. Mayor Bloomberg’s millions will be spent on a plan that would result in higher electricity rates for millions of Americans, fewer jobs, and less competitive American businesses. We believe Americans wisely will reject that vision.
“Coal is responsible for nearly half of all electricity generated in the United States, and is being used more cleanly than ever. In fact, thanks to clean coal technology, major air pollutants from coal-fueled power plants are more than 80 percent lower (per kilowatt hour of electricity generated) than 30 years ago.
“Rather than demonize an important national strategic resource, Mayor Bloomberg should be using his millions to push for a balanced energy policy that utilizes all our domestic sources of energy including coal.”
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) is a non-profit, non-partisan partnership of companies involved in producing electricity from coal. Because coal is America’s most abundant energy resource, ACCCE supports energy policies that balance coal’s vital role in meeting our country’s growing need for affordable and reliable electricity with the need to protect the environment. ACCCE also advocates for the development and deployment of advanced clean coal technologies that will produce electricity with near-zero emissions. For more information, visit www.cleancoalusa.org or www.americaspower.org.