At a press briefing at the Sierra Club in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Democrat, announced that he is contributing $30 million to the Club’s “Beyond Coal” campaign, which is designed to shut down the nation’s coal plants.
The $30 million is in addition to the $50 million Bloomberg already gave to the campaign, which has also changed its initial goal of shutting down 1/3 of the country’s coal plants by 2020 to shuttering 50 percent of the plants by 2017.
Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, thanked the “coal fighters” who attended the event, telling them it was “because of you” that the campaign launched in 2011 has already succeeded in the “retirement” or “repurposing” of 187 coal plants in the United States.
“Beyond Coal is taking our country in the right direction,” Bloomberg said. “It’s the direction that will help our community, not hurt it, because the price of pollution and environmental damage has suffered our economy as well as our lives.”