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Alamo Group and Partners Celebrate First Closing of a Publicly-owned Coal Plant in Texas
San Antonio’s Deely Plant expected to close by 2018, replaced by clean, solar power
Monday, June 20th, 2011

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro announced Monday that CPS Energy's Deely coal-fired power plant will shut down by 2018. Additional solar power contracts for the San Antonio area will replace that dirty electricity and bring clean energy jobs to Texas. The Sierra Club, SEED Coalition, and Public Citizen issued a statement you can read on the Sierra Club's Texas Green Report blog.

Sierrans and partners celebrate announcement of Deely Coal Plant closing
Left to right
Coal Campaign Coordinator Eva Hernandez, Alamo Group members Carolyn Wells, Dave Wells &
Karen Seal, CPS Energy CEO Doyle Beneby, AG member Loretta Van Coppenolle, Jefferson Heights NA
President Charles English, Henrietta English, Mayor Julián Castro, AG member Russell Seal

Stop the Coal Rush

On February 11, 2007, an estimated two thousand concerned citizens from all corners of Texas converged on the steps of the state capitol to express their opposition to plans to rush the permitting and construction of 19 coal-fired power plants across our state. Seventeen members of the Alamo Group of the Sierra Club were there to participate and learn.

Physicians cautioned that burning coal is the greatest source of toxic mercury in our environment, and that asthma and other breathing problems increase when coal is used for power. Professors spoke of the vast untapped potential in Texas for clean, renewable solar and wind energy. Other speakers followed the "money trail" of campaign contributions from polluting industries, and reminded the crowd that Texas already releases more global warming CO2 than any other state in the U.S.; more coal plants would only make that bad situation worse. College students asked why their future is being compromised for short-term economic gain.

The truth is, coal isn't the best energy source - far from it; it's only the most expedient. We can and must do better. It's time to stop the Coal Rush. It's time for clean, renewable energy to shine.

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Air Quality Tips
What you can do to help stop Global Warming

1) Change Light Bulbs - Replacing one regular light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb will save 150 pounds of carbon dioxide per year. Compact fluorescents produce the same amount of light as normal bulbs, but use about a quarter of the electricity and last ten times as long. Each switch you make helps clean the air today, curb global warming, and save you money on your electricity bill.

2) Drive Less - Every mile you don’t drive saves 1 pound of carbon dioxide. A well-tuned car with properly inflated tires burns less gasoline—cutting air pollution and saving you money at the pump. Combine errands to make one efficient trip instead of several, this also saves time and effort. Better yet, skip the drive and take public transit, walk, or bicycle when you can. Carpool whenever possible. Check to see if you employer †has a van pool or see if they would support you in forming a carpool team from you area of town. You get to know your neighbors and you don't have to deal with the stress of being behind the wheel everyday.

3) Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! - Producing new paper, glass, and metal products from recycled materials saves 70 to 90 percent of the energy and pollution, including CO2 that would result if the product came from virgin materials. Recycling a stack of newspapers only 4 feet high will save a good-sized tree. Buy recycled products. For information on San Antonio’s recycling program, dial 311.

4) Don’t ‘Top Off" Your Gas Tank – When the nozzle shuts off, don’t add more gasoline to your tank. Gasoline needs room in the tank to expand. Overfilling wastes gasoline, releases toxic benzene into our air and costs you money. Try to fill up in early morning and late evening to avoid evaporation.

5) Consider a fuel efficient car – One that gets at least 30 mpg.† When researching your next car purchase, consider a gas/electric hybrid. There are tax incentives that reduce the cost and if gas prices stay on the high side the pay off will be much quicker. Also, hybrids have ultra low emissions†that†help reduce air pollution. Use your most efficient car when doing errands around town and when commuting to work. Auto makers are also offering flex fuel vehicles that use ethanol that reduces emissions.

6) Adjust Your Thermostat – Moving the thermostat up 2 degrees in the summer and down 2 degrees in the winter can save 2000 pounds of CO2 in a year. A warm house in summer and a cool house in winter, allows you to dress appropriately for the weather and be in touch with the seasons.

7) Plant a Tree – Trees produce oxygen, as well as clean the existing air. A single tree can absorb 2000 pounds of CO2 in its lifetime. The larger the tree, the more it absorbs, so preserve existing trees, especially our hardy south Texas natives. Shade trees are also a beautiful way to lower your electric bills, extend your living space and increase your home’s value.

8) Replace Small Gas Engines – Wherever possible, use electric power instead of dirty, noisy small gasoline engines which contribute significantly to San Antonio’s air pollution. Electric power is not only cleaner, it’s also quieter; your neighbors will appreciate both.

9) Support Clean, Renewable Energy - Renewable energy solutions, such as wind and solar power, can reduce our reliance on coal-burning power plants, the largest source of air pollution in the United States. Call City Public Service 210-353-2222 and sign up for renewable energy. Or visit for more details.