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Pelosi Calls Closing One-Third of American Coal Plants by 2020 “Essential”

"I'm so grateful to Michael Bloomberg's 'Beyond Coal' initiative working with the Sierra Club. It is so essential."

By NTK Staff | 09.13.2018 @4:06pm

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) applauded the Sierra Club’s “Beyond Coal” initiative, which aims to “retire one-third of the nation’s more than 500 coal plants by 2020,” during a speech at the Global Climate Action Summit in California on Thursday.

“Under President Obama, we went on to pass the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act in the House. But we were stopped in the Senate by the coal industry,” Pelosi said. “For this and other reasons, I’m so grateful to Michael Bloomberg’s ‘Beyond Coal’ initiative working with the Sierra Club. It is so essential.”

According to the ‘Beyond Coal’ initiative’s website, the “main objective is to replace dirty coal with clean energy by mobilizing grassroots activists in local communities to advocate for the retirement of old and outdated coal plants and to prevent new coal plants from being built.”

The Beyond Coal initiative hopes to close, “one-third of the nation’s more than 500 coal plants by 2020,” and to “[keep] coal in the ground in places like Appalachia and Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.”

According to the Washington Post, as of May 2015 there were 69,460 jobs in the coal mining industry.

If the Beyond Coal initiative is successful, roughly 23,000 Americans could lose their jobs.

It’s not surprising that Pelosi would back such a campaign, given her support for Hillary Clinton. Clinton infamously said “we’re going to put a lot of coal miners and coal companies out of business” during a Democratic town hall in 2016.

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