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Moving Beyond Coal

Coal is our country’s dirtiest energy source, from mining to burning to disposing of coal waste. Our campaign is uniting grassroots activists across the country, to move America Beyond Coal.

Coal is an outdated, backward, and dirty 19th-century technology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with clean energy by mobilizing grassroots activists in local communities to advocate for the retirement of old and outdated coal plants and to prevent new coal plants from being built.

Our goals include:

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Alamo Group and Partners Celebrate First Closing of a Publicly-owned Coal Plant in Texas
San Antonio’s Deely Plant expected to close by 2018, replaced by clean, solar power
Monday, June 20, 2011

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro announced Monday that CPS Energy's Deely coal-fired power plant will shut down by 2018. Additional solar power contracts for the San Antonio area will replace that dirty electricity and bring clean energy jobs to Texas.

The Sierra Club, SEED Coalition, and Public Citizen issued a statement you can read on the Sierra Club's Texas Green Report blog. Read more in a story entitled Big Grassroots Coal Victory Deep in the Heart of Texas published in the national Sierra Club Scrapbook blog.

Sierrans and partners celebrate announcement of Deely Coal Plant closing
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Coal Campaign Coordinator Eva Hernandez, Alamo Group members Carolyn Wells, Dave Wells &
Karen Seal, CPS Energy CEO Doyle Beneby, AG member Loretta Van Coppenolle, Jefferson Heights NA
President Charles English, Henrietta English, Mayor Julián Castro, AG member Russell Seal

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Moving Beyond Oil

The Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf is a wake up call. Now is our chance to turn the tides and create a clean energy future that moves us beyond oil. Get involved now. Visit the Sierra Club's beyond oil website and take action.

Alternatives are ready to power San Antonio

Solar energy is not the exotic, experimental power source it may have been 30 years ago. It is now providing energy in a big way around the globe. Loretta Van Coppenolle wrote Solar Energy: Ready for Baseload which includes information on projects and developments now occurring.

Contrary to popular belief, there is a cost effective and viable alternative to expanding CPS Energy's nuclear power generation at STP 3 & 4. While solar and wind are popular and receive a lot of press, they are dismissed by CPS Energy as being too intermittent for base-load generation. The alternative that is not intermittent and not talked about is geothermal power generation.

Sierra Club member Randy Carroll-Bradd articulates why geothermal is ready to power our city in his Summary of Geothermal Energy Generation for South Texas. In addition, Carroll-Bradd has compiled this easy to digest Comparison of Nuclear and Geothermal Energy Sources for South Texas.

Recently, experts from around Texas presented the San Antonio Geothermal Symposium. They discussed using thousands of oil & gas wells over South Texas "hot spots" as sites for geothermal power plants. In addition, they showed geothermal heat pump systems, for heating & air conditioning, that are commercially available at competitive prices. Presentations from the symposium are online here.


In November, 2007, the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club unveiled its Energy Policy Recommendations for the City of San Antonio and CPS Energy. Our plan serves as a blueprint for ensuring the energy future of San Antonio in a world of rising prices and diminishing resources. It has been well received and praised for its comprehensive, thoughtful approach and thorough documentation. Click to view the SUMMARY or read the FULL REPORT.

If you think we need more nuclear...
Read the Fact Sheet on Nuclear and Its Alternatives