FROM THE COAL MINES TO THE POWER LINES is a taxpayer supported curriculum developed by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to teach elementary and high school students that coal is the clean, safe fuel of the future.

The State of Illinois is distributing a full teachers’ curriculum and on-line materials that offer a one-sided, inaccurate, and willfully distorted view of coal, clearly written on behalf of the coal industry. Virtually no mention is made of coal’s liabilities, of the environmental damage that is un-avoidable in its extraction and use, nor of its documented social and environmental costs.

This highly-biased program casts coal and coal companies in the most positive light possible.  It encourages public allegiance to the coal industry, beginning with the youngest and most impressionable members of society – our children.  Tell Governor Quinn to stop using taxpayer funds to underwrite the coal industry!

Kids coal curriculum

Teachers examine the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Coal Curriculum FROM THE COAL MINES TO THE POWER LINES.  Photo Courtesy of the Illinois Department of Commerce


1.  Sign the petition and tell Governor Quinn to stop using taxpayer funds to underwrite the coal industry! Require the DCEO to tell the full truth about coal and support measures that will build a clean energy future for our children.

2.  Check “Add me to your mailing list” if you want to receive alerts and periodic updates from the Heartland Coalfield Alliance. EJC is a founding member of the Alliance and working with member organizations to halt the distribution of coal industry propaganda and take a stand for fact-based education.

3.  Click “sign now”.  That’s all you need to do! Then share it with others.

This petition and associated signatures will be forwarded to Gov. Quinn and key state legislators as part of our campaign for science-based energy education. By submitting this form, your name and address will be filed with a public agency and become public record. We will not use your personal information for any other purpose.





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