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Sierra Club leader to speak April 9 to Canadian County Democrats

posted Mar 27, 2013, 7:58 PM by Jody Harlan   [ updated May 31, 2016, 10:15 PM ]
EL RENO, Okla. – Whitney Pearson, associate organizing representative for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign will speak Tuesday, April 09, to the Canadian County Democrats. Pearson was previously scheduled to speak, but the meeting was cancelled due to a winter storm.

Seating is available on a first come, first served basis for the free event, which starts at 7 p.m. at Canadian Valley Technology Center, located at 6506 E. Highway 66 between Yukon and El Reno.

Pearson’s presentation will focus on Sierra Club’s new Climate and Clean Energy Legacy Campaign, which is organizing 2.1 million activists and supporters in the U.S. to push President Barack Obama to tackle issues related to climate change.

“Sierra Club views climate change as the most serious environmental crisis of our age, so this campaign will easily compliment some of the work that we are already doing here in Oklahoma,” Pearson said. “After all, the number one reason the Beyond Coal Campaign began was to stop the largest contribution to climate change, which is burning coal.”

The main objective of Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign is to replace coal with renewable, clean energy by advocating for retirement of coal plants and prevent new coal plants from being built.

“We  help Oklahoma communities impacted by the coal industry get the clean air and water they deserve,” Pearson said. “Meanwhile, we promote alternative sources of energy and moving beyond burning coal for electricity.”

According to the Beyond Coal web site at , “Not only is coal burning responsible for one third of US carbon emissions—the main contributor to climate disruption—but it is also making us sick, leading to as many as 13,000 premature deaths every year and more than $100 billion in annual health costs.”

The goals of the Beyond Coal campaign include:

• Retiring one-third of the nation’s more than 500 coal plants by 2020

• Replacing the majority of retired coal plants with clean energy solutions such as wind, solar, and geothermal

• Keeping coal in the ground

A graduate of Claremore high school, Pearson earned a bachelor’s of political science degree at the University of Oklahoma.

The Canadian County Democrats regularly meet from 7-8:30 p.m. on the second Tues. of each month, except March and December, at Canadian Valley Technology Center. Special events are planned during those months.
For more information, call 405-354-3189.