The U.S. Just Took A Huge Step To Reduce CO2 Emissions and Barely Anyone Noticed…

“Coal is a self-inflicted public health risk, polluting the air we breathe, adding mercury to our water, and the leading cause of climate disruption,” says Michael Bloomberg.

When it comes to our climate future, more and more people are beginning to believe that clean energy is indeed the key to a brighter future. We are happy to report this interactive map released by the Sierra Club which shows that coal power plants are being phased out, inevitably, to make way for more environmentally conscious alternatives. Good news being, all of this is taking place faster than we might think.

Thanks to the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, a major green milestone has been reached, the 200th coal plant since 2010 just pledged to shut its doors for good. According to Treehugger, there were 535 US coal power plants in 2010, meaning nearly 40% of them have been phased out in just five short years.

Coal power plants emit high levels of carbon and other dangerous pollutants like mercury – a chemical that’s been shown to cause birth defects and neurological disorders.

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As you can see, the green markers (defeated plants) are beginning to drown out the yellow (plants in transition) and red (active plants) ones, especially in coastal states.

However, we must be weary and remain vigilant as coals destructive doppelganger natural gas as it has recently overtook coal as our country’s most popular energy source.

On the bright side, evermore viable wind and solar farms continue to provide popular and increasingly accessible power alternatives.

America’s solar power use increased 30% in 2014 alone while Iowa is paving the way for wind energy – with more than a quarter of the state’s power now coming from wind farms.

We’ve clearly taken some huge strides toward cleaner electricity over the last five years. Just think what this map will look like by the time 2020 comes around.

No more coal

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