Near a coal plant in Alexandria, Virginia, Mayor Bloomberg and Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune announced a $50 million donation to help the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign, which will shut down coal plants and transition the United States towards cleaner sources of energy. The New York Times reports on the campaign's goals:
The campaign’s goal is to cut electricity production from coal by 30 percent by 2020 and to reduce mercury emissions by 90 percent. The new money will be used to expand the club’s campaign to 45 states from the current 15 and increase the member base to 2.4 million from 1.4 million, the group said.
Mr. Brune of the Sierra Club said the mayor’s gift was a “game changer” in the fight against coal. He said that private citizens and organizations like Bloomberg Philanthropies were needed to bridge the chasm left by inaction by political leaders in the United States and around the world.