The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity has issued a statement criticizing the Sierra Club for its celebration of the retirement of 150 coal plants in the U.S. since 2010, citing the economic impact of the retirements.
“Sierra Club’s celebration of its 150th coal plant retirement is akin to partying at the funeral of the families and communities whose livelihoods have been devastated by these plant closures,” ACCE Senior Vice President of Communications Laura Sheehan stated in the release. “When a coal plant shuts down, the impact is felt by employees at the plant and the mines that supply it; and spreads across the community, the state and even the nation in the form of lost jobs and higher electricity rates for businesses and families.”
Sheehan also noted that coal currently powers nearly 40 percent of electricity in the U.S., and “its diminished use would result in a dangerous overreliance on natural gas, which is a ‘just-in-time’ source, piped in when needed, and intermittent energy sources like renewables.”
The Sierra Club issued its statement after the announcement of the retirement of the Brayton Point coal-fired power plant earlier this week, stating the announcement was “a significant milestone in the ongoing campaign to move the country beyond coal no later than 2030.”
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