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Currently there are two dirty coal burning power plants on the University of Kentucky's campus. Right now, these plants do not have updated pollution standards -- meaning UK Hospital, students, and the surrounding community breathe in dirty coal pollution almost year round.
Students, faculty, and Kentuckians alike want to see UK stop bowing to the coal industry and lead Kentucky towards a clean energy future. This Tuesday students part of the UK Beyond Coal coalition will make a presentation before the Board of Trustees and deliver petitions asking UK to shutter their dirty coal plants. Add your name to the petition.
Tell the UK Board of Trustees to replace the campus' two dirty coal plants with clean energy and energy efficiency!
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Replace UK's Coal Boilers with Clean Energy
Dear UK Board of Trustees,
UK's campus coal boilers are risky investments for the university's legacy. Coal is one of the leading causes of industrial pollution in the United States. Particulates from coal pollution threaten our public health and quality of life. Today 1 out of 10 American children will experience an asthma attack related to coal pollution. Mercury from coal-burning power is also a major concern for women of childbearing age. For example, today as many as 1 out of 12 American women have mercury levels so high it could put a developing child at risk. Coal is expensive. Kentucky is overly dependent on coal, making us vulnerable to large rate spikes in the future as the cost of coal continues to increase. In terms of coal industry jobs there's a serious reality check that needs to happen. The coal industry accounts for less then 1% of Kentucky's workforce and 3% of our GDP yet it yields an immense amount of political power, especially at UK. We want to see the public support of coal industry executives immediately halted.In short, the entire cycle of coal - starting with the effects of mountaintop removal coal mining to the mercury pollution released from coal-burning power plants - is damaging to our public health and quality of life in Kentucky.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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