Coal Fight Night: Sierra Club Vs. Peabody Next Week in St. Louis


About 84 percent of Missouri's energy comes from coal, the "most dangerous substance" known to man, according to Bill McKibben. The state's heavy reliance on coal makes it an interesting venue for next week's live streamed debate between Fred Palmer, VP of Governmental Relations at Peabody Energy and Bruce Nilles, director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign, moderated by Bryan Walsh of Time Magazine. The event will take place at Graham Chapel on Washington University's Danforth Campus on Tuesday, April 27th, at 5:00pm. Doors will open at 4:30.

Nilles has helped to lead the Sierra Club's amazingly effective Beyond Coal campaign, which last year closed down its 100th coal-fire power plant. No new coal plants came online in all of 2009.

Both Peabody and Arch Coal hold seats on the board of trustees at Washington University. The school is home to the Consortium for Clean Coal Utilization, a research organization that is dedicated to "clean utilization of coal by creating an international partnership between universities, industries, foundations, and government organizations."

There remain no large scale deployments of so-called clean coal technology.

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