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May 14, 2007

Cracks In the Coal Rush

Brucenilles

For five years the Sierra Club and its allies have been battling two massive coal-fired power plants proposed by Peabody Energy, the world's largest private sector coal company, in Kentucky and Illinois. Last year the Club's Kentucky Chapter achieved a huge victory when it halted the Kentucky Thoroughbred plant—the court battle is still ongoing, but the project now appears moribund. Meanwhile, the Illinois Chapter has been battling the proposed Prairie State plant, taking the fight to state agencies, shareholder meetings, courts of law, and the court of public opinion. And on May 5 one of Peabody's key partners in the $2.5 billion project backed out because it couldn't find customers to buy the power. "That's a huge signal and a huge blow," Sierra Club organizer and clean energy activist Bruce Nilles, pictured above, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We're seeing major cracks in the coal rush, and Peabody may, ironically, be the latest victim." Read more about clean energy and alternatives to coal.

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