Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign Rejoices in Lost Jobs, Higher Electricity Costs, and a Dangerous American Energy Future

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Statement from Laura Sheehan, Senior Vice President of Communications for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE):


“Sierra Club’s celebration of its 150th coal plant retirement is akin to partying at the funeral of the families and communities whose livelihoods have been devastated by these plant closures. When a coal plant shuts down, the impact is felt by employees at the plant and the mines that supply it; and spreads across the community, the state, and even the nation in the form of lost jobs and higher electricity rates for businesses and families.


“If Sierra Club had its way, America’s energy future would be dark. Sierra Club seeks to permanently phase out coal from our nation’s energy portfolio by 2030, even though coal powers nearly 40% of America’s electricity, and its diminished use would result in a dangerous overreliance on natural gas, which is a ‘just-in-time’ source, piped in when needed, and intermittent energy sources like renewables.


“Sierra Club’s definition of ‘victory’ is nothing but a ‘loss’ for the thousands of coal communities that continue to reel from plant and mine shutdowns, and for America’s energy future.”