MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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April 22, 2013

Sierra Club rep to tell of troubles with coal

— A representative of the Sierra Club’s Oklahoma chapter will be in Muskogee this week to mobilize residents opposed to the environmental impact caused by coal-fueled power plants.

Whitney Pearson, an associate organizing representative of the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign, will discuss climate change and the organization’s efforts to reduce the use of coal for fuel.

The Sierra Club views climate change as one of the most serious environmental problems today. Burning coal to produce electricity accounts for about a third of all carbon emissions in the United States.

 Experts estimate that coal-fueled power plants are responsible for about 13,000 premature deaths each year and other problems, resulting in more than $100 billion in annual health care costs.

Pearson will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday in advance of the Muskogee County Democratic Party meeting scheduled an hour later. Both events will take place at the Martin Luther King Center, 627 N. Third St.

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