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Tackling Coal in the Powder River Basin
Coal-fired power plants are the largest source of human-created greenhouse gas emissions. This means that here in the U.S., coal is the leading contributor to global warming.
It’s no surprise that climate scientists, including noted NASA researcher, James Hansen, have called for a complete transition away from coal in the next 20-25 years. The aim is to reduce atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide to below 350 parts per million and avoid the “tipping point,” or the point at which the consequences of global warming become irreversible.
Here in the U.S., if we have any chance of powering past coal, we have to confront it at its source. That’s why we’ve taken aim at strip mining in the Powder River Basin, the nation’s largest coal producing region.