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Climate Hope: On the Front Lines of the Fight Against Coal (2010)
by Ted Nace
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0615314384, Paperback)In the spring of 2007, after Energy Department analyst Erik Shuster circulated a document revealing that 151 new coal-fired power plants were slated for construction, climate scientists sounded the alarm. Coal is the most carbon-intensive and plentiful of the fossil fuels. If the wave of massive new facilities was built, there would be little chance of preventing greenhouse gases from reaching truly dangerous levels. In response to the crisis, hundreds of local and regional groups, along with a handful of national groups, rose to the challenge of blocking the wave of proposals. Climate Hope: On the Front Lines of the Fight Against Coal reveals for the first time the organizing methods and political tactics that enabled underdog activists in state after state to take on and defeat Big Coal, one of the most politically dominant industries in America. By late 2009, following two years of intense mobilization, opponents had derailed at least 109 proposed plants, bringing the coal boom to a sputtering halt.
The fight to stop coal is a bright spot in the worldwide effort to fight global warming. According to Dr. James Hansen, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies, phasing out coal emissions is "80% of the solution to the global warming crisis." The grassroots organizing methods developed by the movement to stop new coal-fired power plants provide a positive example of ordinary people mobilizing, fighting, and winning. Learn more at ClimateHopeBook.com
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