Tale of 2+ States:
Life is triumphing in some states, and losing in others stuck with coal -- when one considers the harms from local pollution, regional pollution (e.g. acid rain harming lakes, forests, soil, property, and lungs), and global warming (increasing droughts, famines, floods, storms, wildfires, disease spread, land loss).
We need more eco-pro-lifers to fight the good fight against harms and death (note: people can both fight against abortion AND eco-harms....it's not an either/or situation).
Alt energy is now cheaper in some cases, even without the eco-harms to human health factored in.
"Is coal still a valid energy source for Colorado? No" - The Denver Post
...Colorado's largest energy provider, Xcel, provided 14 percent percent of its energy from wind and solar power in 2011...to increase to 23 percent by 2013...
...renewable energy supports more than 14,000 jobs in Colorado.
...the reductions in air pollution will yield public health benefits valued at more than $200 million per year.
...the newest Limon 2 wind plant will create cheaper energy than coal from day one....
S. ILLINOIS MISSOURI & 7 OTHER STATES:
"Delays, cost overruns blemish coal project"
Back in 2006, plans for the Prairie State Energy Campus, a hulking coal-fired power plant on farmland in Washington County, Ill., seemed serendipitous for the city of Kirkwood...The parties struck a deal -- a 30-year contract that would supply more than half of Kirkwood’s electricity beginning in late 2011. The kicker: The energy produced at Prairie State [for communities in 9 states] would be cheap compared to market power prices at the time...[but now it's costing them much more than other available energy, not to mention health costs, etc]...
"Schneiderman crushes Koch Brothers in climate-change lawsuit"
New York Attorney General
s office recently won an important decision ... dismissing a lawsuit by a Koch Brothers-backed political organization [Americans for Prosperity] that attempted to stop New Yorks involvement in a multi-state campaign to cut climate changing emissions...
...A recent study conducted by the independent economic consulting firm Analysis Group concluded greenhouse gas programs from the multi-state initiative added $1.6 billion to the economies, and 16,000 new jobs. The study also says the initiative will give consumers in these states with $1.3 billion in savings on their electric bills over the next decade through energy efficiency measures using funds generated by the Initiative...
2 wins and 1 loss for life.