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Coal 101

Pollution from burning oil and coal produces a host of serious, life-threatening health problems for our families and communities. Urge President Obama to stand up for our families' health by supporting strong EPA standards for clean air and water.
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Other Ways to Take Action
Help us stop coal in as many ways as you can.

Why yesterday's technology should not be part of tomorrow's energy future.
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Learn about MTR

MTR or Mountaintop Removal Mining, done in places like Appalachia, blows the tops off mountains to reach a thin seam of coal. To minimize waste disposal costs, companies dump millions of tons of waste rock into the valleys below.
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Learn about Liquid Coal

Liquid coal releases almost double the global warming emissions per gallon as regular gasoline, making a hybrid filled with liquid coal as dirty as a Hummer H3 running on regular gas. more Learn more

Get Local

Beyond Coal in Your Own State
Find more about what's going on with coal in your own backyard.

Toxic Mercury Pollution Map
Support higher standards for clean air and water for all Americans. 

Stopping the Coal Rush Map
Learn more about current or recent coal plant challenges, get key resources, and more.

Coal Plant Tracker
Find up to date status information about proposed coal plants across the country.

MTR Permit Tracker
Pending Permits and Possible Impacts on Appalachia's Environment & Communities.

Coal Ash and Poverty
Check out our Google map showing poverty levels near the 44 coal ash site designated "high hazard" by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Other Resources:

Find Factsheets and Resources with more information about all the various aspects of coal.

Keep up to date with the fight on coal on our Compass blog.

Check out the fight on coal in our news and stories section.

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