Beyond Coal | Sierra Club

Beyond Coal | Sierra Club

Coal is an outdated, backward, and dirty 19th-century technology.

Not only is coal burning responsible for one third of US carbon emissions—the main contributor to climate disruption—but it is also making us sick, leading to as many as 13,000 premature deaths every year and more than $100 billion in annual health costs.

The Beyond Coal campaign’s main objective is to replace dirty coal with clean energy by mobilizing grassroots activists in local communities to advocate for the retirement of old and outdated coal plants and to prevent new coal plants from being built.


We’re trying to close all the coal plants in the US. Our movement has led more than half of the coal plants to be retired or commit to retire.

We’re working to replace the majority of retired coal plants with clean energy solutions such as wind, solar, and geothermal.

We’re also working to keep coal in the ground in places like Appalachia and Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.

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