Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Groups Gear Up to Make Coal Timeout Stick

Groups working to prevent the most catastrophic impacts of climate change say they'll double down on organizing efforts after Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced a sweeping overhaul of how publicly owned coal is managed. Theo Spencer, senior policy advocate with the Natural Resources Defense Council, says the three-year review process is an opportunity for people who care about public lands, clean air or climate action to keep coal, the largest source of climate pollution, in the ground. The Sierra Club says the moratorium is a chance to push policy makers to help coal workers get the training they need to build the nation's clean-energy future. Spencer admits that stopping new coal leases won't make an immediate impact on slowing climate change, but says it sends a powerful signal to energy markets, politicians and other countries...more

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