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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Blog for Iowa: Action Alert - Call The Governor Today And Ask For A Halt To Building New Coal Plants

Excerpted from this post at Blog for Iowa
On Tuesday, May 15th, New Jersey's LS Power plans to apply for their permits to build a 750MW coal-fired power plant just east of Waterloo, Iowa. This plant will pour out carbon dioxide equivalent to nearly a million new cars on Iowa's roads for its 40-50 year lifetime. We are in a desperate fight to reign in global warming and this plant will dig us a hole that all our best efforts can't remedy. The plant will also pollute eastern Iowa's waters with heavy metals, including hundreds of pounds of mercury annually, which settles into rivers and lakes and bioaccumulates in fish across a wide region. ... The Governor has a chance to put a delay on the permitting process but today is the best day for it. Call the Governor at 515-281-5211 and ask him to tackle global warming solutions and put a temporary stay on the permitting process for new coal plants until the legislature has had a chance to act on the Climate Change Advisory Council's recommendations for greenhouse gas reductions in Iowa.

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