New trend triggered by drop in coal and oil use

Lester Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, will report that declining coal and gasoline use have cut U.S. carbon emissions by seven percent, during a teleconference with reporters next Wednesday, November 2 at 10:00 AM CDT.

Between 2007 and 2011, carbon emissions from coal use in the United States dropped by 10 percent and those from oil use by 11 percent. Although triggered by the economic downturn, Brown also credits the drop in coal usage to the Sierra Club’s powerful “Beyond Coal” campaign that coordinates the efforts of local groups nationwide that are focused on closing coal plants for health reasons.

The Sierra Club’s work has resulted in a de facto moratorium on new coal plants, reports Brown. The group is now concentrating on closing the 492 existing coal-fired power plants. As of mid October 2011, the Beyond Coal campaign lists 68 coal-fired power plants that are slated for closing.

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Brown estimates the 7 percent decline in carbon emissions since the peak in 2007 could expand to 20 percent by 2020 and possibly even to 30 percent. If so, the United States could become a world leader in cutting carbon emissions and stabilizing climate.

Want to know more and be part of the discussion?  Here’s what you need to do:

WHAT: Teleconference with Lester Brown on plunge in U.S. carbon emissions since 2007
WHO: Lester Brown, founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute and author of World on the Edge
WHEN: Wednesday, November 2 at 10:00 AM, CDT
CALL-IN: Lester Brown’s Teleconference on declining U.S. carbon emissions
4851680 (teleconference access ID)
719-325-4747 (Domestic and International access)

Brown founded the Earth Policy Institute in 2001 to provide a roadmap for building an environmentally sustainable economy. His recently published book, World on the Edge, offers a bold prescription for doing so.


NOTE:  Eco-Justice Collaborative is working with Sierra Club and a coalition of nearly 60 groups to close down Chicago’s coal plants, two of the oldest and dirtiest in the nation.  These plants are the largest stationary sources of global warming pollution in the city.  Visit http://cleanpowerchicago.org for more.


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