By Wendy Gabriel
GREEN TIP: If you have the choice between working on a desktop or a laptop, choose the latter. Also, when it’s time to upgrade to a new computer, think laptop. According to The Daily Green, laptop computers draw only 15 to 25 watts during regular use as compared to the 150 watts used by a conventional desktop computer and monitor. Plus, laptops draw just a fraction of a watt when in sleep mode.
Not only should we being doing all we can to conserve energy, we need to focus on clean, renewable energy sources. As much as the coal industry would want us to believe it, coal is not one of those sources.
As stated in the Greenpeace report The True Cost of Coal, “coal is used to produce nearly 40% of the world’s electricity. However, burning coal is one of the most harmful practices on the planet. It causes irreparable damage to the environment, people’s health and communities around the world. The coal industry isn’t paying for the damage it causes, but the world at large is.”
Every day millions of people are adversely impacted by the coal industry.
In Columbia, indigenous communities are threatened and forced off their lands to make way for coal mines. Thousands in Jharia, India suffer from horrendous living conditions because of uncontrollable coal fires. In Russia, unsafe mining conditions have meant injury and death for scores of workers.
Did you know there are hundreds of toxic waste sites from abandoned coal mines dotting U.S. landscapes? The piles of refuse from closed mines are causing concern for people in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Read Tom Pelton‘s account aptly entitled Maryland Coal Mining’s Toxic Legacy to get up to speed.
Did you know more than 500 million gallons of sludge, thanks to a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant, was spilled into the backyards of many Tennesseans in December 2008? A retention wall holding the sludge, which is ash resulting from coal combustion, breached. Read the details from the Samira J. Simone piece at CNN.com.
You can do something about it today. Sign Progressive Future’s petition asking President-elect Obama to reassess his support of coal.
Be Educated. Be Green.