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President of the Senate
Lieutenant Governor John D. Cherry
Office Location: S-215 Capitol Building
Office Phone: (517) 373-6800
Alan L. Cropsey
Republican of District 33
Office Phone: (517) 373-3760
Office Location: S-8 Capitol
E-mail Address: SenACropsey@senate.michigan.gov
Alan Sanborn
Republican of District 11
Office Phone: (517) 373-7670
Office Location: S-310 Capitol
E-mail Address: SenASanborn@senate.michigan.gov
Bill Hardiman
Republican of District 29
Office Phone: (517) 373-1801
Office Location: 305 Farnum Building
To email go to: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/hardiman
Bruce Patterson
Republican of District 7
Office Phone: (517) 373-7350
Office Location: 505 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenBPatterson@senate.michigan.gov
Cameron Brown
Republican of District 16
Office Phone: (517) 373-5932
Office Location: 405 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenCBrown@senate.michigan.gov
Deborah Cherry
Democrat of District 26
Office Phone: (517) 373-1636
Office Location: 910 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenDCherry@senate.michigan.gov
Dennis Olshove
Democrat of District 9
Office Phone: (517) 373-8360
Office Location: 920 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenDOlshove@senate.michigan.gov
Gerald VanWoerkom
Republican of District 34
Office Phone: (517) 373-1635
Office Location: 605 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenGVanWoerkom@senate.michigan.gov
Gilda Z. Jacobs
Democrat of District 14
Office Phone: (517) 373-7888
Office Location: 1015 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenGJacobs@senate.michigan.gov
Glenn S. Anderson
Democrat of District 6
Office Phone: (517) 373-1707
Office Location: 610 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenGAnderson@senate.michigan.gov
Gretchen Whitmer
Democrat of District 23
Office Phone: (517) 373-1734
Office Location: 415 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenGWhitmer@senate.michigan.gov
Hansen Clarke
Democrat of District 1
Office Phone: (517) 373-7346
Office Location: 710 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenHansenClarke@senate.michigan.gov
Irma Clark-Coleman
Democrat of District 3
Office Phone: (517) 373-0990
Office Location: 310 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenIClark-Coleman@senate.michigan.gov
Jason Allen
Republican of District 37
Office Phone: (517) 373-2413
Office Location: 820 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenJAllen@senate.michigan.gov
Jim Barcia
Democrat of District 31
Office Phone: (517) 373-1777
Office Location: 1010 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenJBarcia@senate.michigan.gov
John Gleason
Democrat of District 27
Office Phone: (517) 373-0142
Office Location: 315 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenJGleason@senate.michigan.gov
John Pappageorge
Republican of District 13
Office Phone: (517) 373-2523
Office Location: 1020 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenJPappageorge@senate.michigan.gov
Judson Gilbert II
Republican of District 25
Office Phone: (517) 373-7708
Office Location: 705 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenJGilbert@senate.michigan.gov
Liz Brater
Democrat of District 18
Office Phone: (517) 373-2406
Office Location: 510 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenLBrater@senate.michigan.gov
Mark C. Jansen
Republican of District 28
Office Phone: (517) 373-0797
Office Location: 520 Farnum Buildingl
E-mail Address: SenMJansen@senate.michigan.gov
Martha G. Scott
Democrat of District 2
Office Phone: (517) 373-7748
Office Location: 220 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenMScott@senate.michigan.gov
Michael Bishop
Republican of District 12
Office Phone: (517) 373-2417
Office Location: S-106 Capitol
E-mail Address: SenMBishop@senate.michigan.gov
Michael Prusi
Democrat of District 38
Office Phone: (517) 373-7840
Office Location: S-105 Capitol
E-mail Address: SenMPrusi@senate.michigan.gov
Michael Switalski
Democrat of District 10
Office Phone: (517) 373-7315
Office Location: 410 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenMSwitalski@senate.michigan.gov
Michelle McManus
Republican of District 35
Office Phone: (517) 373-1725
Office Location: S-2 Capitol
E-mail Address: SenMMcManus@senate.michigan.gov
Nancy Cassis
Republican of District 15
Office Phone: (517) 373-1758
Office Location: 905 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenNCassis@senate.michigan.gov
Patricia L. Birkholz
Republican of District 24
Office Phone: (517) 373-3447
Office Location: 805 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenPBirkholz@senate.michigan.gov
Randy Richardville
Republican of District 17
Office Phone: (517) 373-3543
Office Location: 205 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenRRichardville@senate.michigan.gov
Raymond E. Basham
Democrat of District 8
Office Phone: (517) 373-7800
Office Location: 715 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenRBasham@senate.michigan.gov
Roger Kahn MD
Republican of District 32
Office Phone: (517) 373-1760
Office Location: 420 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenRKahn@senate.michigan.gov
Ron Jelinek
Republican of District 21
Office Phone: (517) 373-6960
Office Location: S-324 Capitol
E-mail Address: SenRJelinek@senate.michigan.gov
Samuel Buzz Thomas, III
Democrat of District 4
Office Phone: (517) 373-7918
Office Location: S-9 Capitol
E-mail Address: SenBThomas@senate.michigan.gov
Thomas M. George
Republican of District 20
Office Phone: (517) 373-0793
Office Location: 320 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenTGeorge@senate.michigan.gov
Tony Stamas
Republican of District 36
Office Phone: (517) 373-7946
Office Location: 720 Farnum Building
To email go to: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/stamas
Tupac A. Hunter
Democrat of District 5
Office Phone: (517) 373-0994
Office Location: 915 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenTAHunter@senate.michigan.gov
Vacant
District 19
Office Phone: (517) 373-2426
Valde Garcia
Republican of District 22
Office Phone: (517) 373-2420
Office Location: S-132 Capitol
E-mail Address: http://www.senate.michigan.gov/garcia
Wayne Kuipers
Republican of District 30
Office Phone: (517) 373-6920
Office Location: 1005 Farnum Building
E-mail Address: SenWKuipers@senate.michigan.gov

Dear Senator,

I respectfully urge you to VOTE NO to any new coal-fueled power plants in Michigan.

Nations around the world, and various States in this great nation are already realizing the enormous health, financial, and environmental risks inherent in coal. Only you can help to stop this problem in Michigan. We need your help today to stop the construction of dirty coal-fueled power generating plants (along with their toxic emissions) in Michigan.

Coal is dirty to handle and worse to burn. And we know that the industry's "clean coal" message is more public relation's spin than anything real (about as real as "safe healthy cigarettes). The coal industry has invested millions in their public relations, advertising and marketing campaigns to promote the myth of “clean coal." Front groups like American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity and the P.R. firm of Kelly Rossman-McKinney (in Michigan) are utilizing the momentum of the elections as a platform upon which to spin their message.

Any responsible Energy Bill will drastically curtail carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide, mercury, selenium, arsenic, and particulate emissions in order to protect personal health and our Michigan environment. Statistically we must reduce our dangerous emissions by 80% if we have any hope of abating global climate change. Coal combustion tools and techniques at this point in their development area unable to comply with environmental imperatives.

No coal power plant is worth disease, suffering, and global climate change—especially when there are safe, clean, and sensible energy alternatives in Michigan (i.e. the wind profile in Michigan is the third best in the Nation).

Here are Ten Good Reasons Why Coal is Wrong for Michigan:


#1: Coal Increases Rates of Disease

The United States burns more than a billion tons of coal each year – that’s 20 pounds of coal for every person in the country, every day.

According to the American Lung Association, 24,000 people a year die prematurely because of pollution from coal-fired power plants. And every year 38,000 heart attacks, 12,000 hospital admissions and an additional 550,000 asthma attacks result from power plant pollution.


#2: Coal Kills Jobs

Despite coal industry claims that coal mining creates lots of jobs, the truth is that coal mining employment has been declining for decades, due to increased use of machinery instead of manpower.

In West Virginia alone, coal mining employment has plummeted from 126,000 miners in 1948 (who produced 168 million tons of coal), to just 15,000 miners employed in 2005 (who, with the help of machinery, produced 128 million tons of coal).


#3: Burning Coal Emits Mercury

Coal-fired power plants are the largest source of human-generated mercury pollution in the U.S. Mercury emissions from electrical generation continues to rise.

Mercury in mothers' blood and breast milk can interfere with the development of babies' brains and neurological systems and can lead to learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, problems with coordination, lowered IQ and even mental retardation.

We already know that mercury levels in the Great Lakes are an enormous problem, and that most of our fish are unsafe to eat regularly. New coal-fired power plants would worsen this situation.


#4: Burning Coal is Fuel for Global Warming

The U.S. produces about 25 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels.

Burning coal contributes 40 percent of U.S. CO2 emissions. Coal is the most carbon intensive fossil fuel. According to the United Nations Environment Program, coal emits around 1.7 times as much carbon per unit of energy when burned as does natural gas and 1.25 times as much as oil.


#5: Coal Kills Miners

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 12,000 coal miners died from black lung disease between 1992 and 2002.

#6: Coal Wastes Huge Quantities of Water

Coal mining requires an estimated 70 to 260 million gallons of water every day. Fresh water is becoming scarce worldwide. Coal fueled power plants make this situation worse. source

#7: Coal Pollutes Seafood and Freshwater Fish

49 U.S. states have issued fish consumption advisories due to high mercury concentrations in freshwater bodies throughout the country.

Coal-fired power plants are the largest source of human-generated mercury pollution in the U.S.

We already know that mercury levels in the Great Lakes are an enormous problem, and that most of our fish are unsafe to eat regularly. New coal-fired power plants would worsen this situation.


#8: Coal Destroys Mountains

Instead of traditional mining, many coal companies now use mountaintop removal to extract coal.

Coal companies are increasingly using this method because it allows for almost complete recovery of coal seams while reducing the number of workers required to a fraction of what conventional methods require.

Mountaintop removal involves clear cutting native hardwood forests, using dynamite to blast away as much as 800-1000 feet of mountaintop, and then dumping the waste into nearby valleys, often burying streams.


#9: Coal Kills Freshwater Streams and Lakes

More than 1,200 miles of Appalachian streams have been buried or damaged by mountaintop removal mining. At least 724 miles of streams were completely buried by valley fills from Appalachian mountaintop removal between 1985 and 2001.

400,000 acres of rich and diverse temperate forests have been destroyed during the same time period as a result of mountaintop mining in Appalachia.


#10: Coal Costs Billions in Taxpayer Subsidies

The U.S. government continues to aggressively fund coal-related projects despite all that is known about coal’s impacts on health, climate and the economy.

The Department of Energy is currently seeking $648 million for “clean coal” projects in its 2009 budget request, “representing the largest budget request for coal RD&D in over 25 years.