EL RENO, Okla. – Whitney Pearson, associate organizing representative for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, will speak Tuesday, Feb. 12, to the Canadian County Democrats.
The Beyond Coal campaign’s main objective is to replace coal with renewable, clean energy by advocating for retirement of coal plants and prevent new coal plants from being built.
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.
“I do my best to help Oklahoma communities impacted by the coal industry get the clean air and water they deserve,” Pearson said. “Meanwhile, I try to promote alternative sources of energy and moving beyond burning coal for electricity.”
According to the Beyond Coal web site at http://content.sierraclub.org/coal/ ,
“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 undergraduate and graduate school 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 354-3189 or visit http://www.canadiancodems.org/ .
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