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Just Views - "Clean Coal" and a Clean Energy Future

For this program, co-sponsored by the Sierra Club, we’ll show two movies, "Dirty Business", an exploration of the coal industry's "clean coal" publicity campaign and "Sinking the Heartland", an examination of long wall mining in central Illinois. Flip a switch and lights go on. Electricity is as simple as that until a power outage or until you begin thinking about the complicated corporate utility delivering the energy, the power-generating plants that make it, and for 50% of the electrons, the mines yielding the coal for burning. The bright light shining in your home has a dirty history. On average, each American burns through 20 pounds of coal produced electricity each day. The environmental and health impacts of burning fossil fuels have brought the country to a critical decision point on finding ways to move forward with clean energy. For more info, go to "Sinking the Heartland" on YouTube and www.dirtybusinessthefilm.com. After the films, we’ll talk with Lonnie Morris, 2011 National Sierra Club Special Achievement Award Winner about the Cool Cities program and empowering people who care about the environment to make a difference.

Directions from Schaumburg: Route 53/I-290 south to I-355. Continue south to I-88 (Ronnie Raygun Tollway). West on I-88 to Naperville Road. Work your way over to the intersection of Naperville Road and Diehl Road. Head east one short block (past the bank building). Turn left again onto Old Naperville Road, head north (toward I-88), church is on the right side of the street, 1838 Old Naperville Road. The old address was 4 South 535 Old Naperville Road.

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  • Mike J

    An important topic--well-presented. Dividing up into small group discussions was a really great idea. Special thanks to Li-Ping for having a laptop computer in his car...came in real handy when we couldn't get the DVD player to work!

    March 13, 2012

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