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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.
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