Coal and Mercury
1. Los Angeles is going beyond coal; other cities, the
state, and country need to follow.
2. Coal releases large amounts of CO2 and other
3. Coal burning and coal mining are the number one
and two sources of mercury in fish in the U.S.
Local and Global Climate Change
1. Burning gasoline or coal and natural gas at
electrical power plants releases CO2.
2. Globally, extreme weather events and a general
warming trend are mostly caused by carbon fuel
3. Los Angeles and California are seeing rising
average temperatures and less precipitation.
Car Exhaust Health Effects
1. Gasoline engine vehicles release contaminants
like carbon monoxide, particulates, and nitrogen
oxide, causing diseases, cancers, disorders, and
2. Children are more likely to get asthma if their
school is in a high traffic area.
3. Pregnant women living with high exposures of
freeway pollutants have 2 to 3 times more birth
defects of the brain and spine.
Combustion Hurts Animals
1. Less water, drier forests
mean less security for animals.
2. Extreme weather increases
erosion, polluting fresh water
3. High CO2 levels are raising the
ocean's acidity dissolving shell
and coral like baking soda and
Combustion Effects Costs
1. Nearly one million California
children have asthma.
2. Autism affects 1 in 88 children
today, costing nearly $90
billion annually in the U.S.
3. It costs less to switch to
renewables now than to pay
the effects later.