350 New Hampshire

No Coal, No Gas

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Overview

Close Merrimack Generating Station

In July of 2019, 350NH joined the No Coal No Gas coalition aimed to shut down the coal-fired power plant in Bow, New Hampshire.

The Merrimack Generating Station in Bow, New Hampshire is the last major coal-fired power plant in New England without a shut down date. In just one hour, this plant emits as much carbon as the average American does in 26 years. If we have any chance of stopping the climate crisis, we cannot continue to burn coal. New Hampshire must invest in wind energy, solar energy, and weatherization or more people will suffer and die.

Economics

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We don’t need coal in New England in order to meet our energy demands. The coal plant received thousands of dollars in subsidies in order to stay open. We pay the price of the climate crisis while the fossil fuel CEOs make billions of dollars.
Environmental Justice

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The coal plant pollutes the Merrimack River and is currently being sued by Sierra Club and Conservation Law Foundation. Native people can no longer fish or drink the water because of dams and heavy industry like the coal plant. Emissions from the coal plant cause asthma, heart attacks, and death.

Climate Change

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Burning coal causes the climate crisis. Shutting down the plant for 1 hour is equivalent to 26 years of personal emissions (from the average American). We can’t go 100% renewable by 2030 if we don’t stop burning fossil fuels as soon as possible. Fracked methane gas is just as bad as coal and cannot be a replacement for coal.

Why No Coal, No Gas Matters

Just Transition

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Building renewable energy infrastructure keeps jobs in New Hampshire. Workers at the coal plant deserve just treatment in the transition away from fossil fuels.

Elections

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We need politicians who will represent and protect us from the fossil fuel industry. We must hold our elected officials accountable in order for them to hold corporations accountable. We must vote for candidates who will champion climate justice and safety for us and for future generations. We must vote out elected officials who have allowed for the presence of harmful energy production in our communities, like the coal plant in Bow and who continue to support fossil fuel expansion like the Granite Bridge Pipeline.

Our Campaign

In August 2019, we launched the campaign to end the burning of coal in New England, once and for all. The coal plant in Bow, New Hampshire is the last major coal fired power plant without a shut down date, and our campaign aims to change that. Through grassroots organizing, we started a 350NH Chapter in Bow and will continue to put pressure on the systems that are keeping the coal plant running.

Join the No Coal, No Gas Coalition

Are you interested in helping us stop the burning of coal in New England? Tell us more about how you want to get involved and we can plug you into our campaign by filling out this form:

Campaign Volunteer Form

Attend a rally or visibility event

Volunteer a skill (social media, graphic design)

Take Action

Host or attend a direct action training

For more ideas, email emma.weiss@350.org

Write a letter to the editor

Petition

To: Governor Sununu, the Public Utilities Commission and ISO New England

​The Merrimack Generating Station is the last major coal burning plant in New England without a shut down date. The station is set to receive $188 million in subsidies at the expense of New Hampshire taxpayers. This is money that could be better spent supporting renewable energy expansion in New Hampshire. We do not need this plant to meet our electricity needs. The Merrimack Generating Station is polluting our air, our water and our climate. Burning coal is not sustainable or practical. The health of our people and water is at risk every day the the plant burns coal. New Hampshire can and must do better for our economy, our environment, and the communities that we care for.

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FAQ

In just one hour, this coal plant emits as much carbon into the atmosphere as the average person emits in 26 years of their life. Carbon is a pollutant and contributes to the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere which propel climate change. The carbon levels in the atmosphere today are already past an amount deemed “safe.”

“Clean coal” comes from clean coal technologies aimed to capture carbon from the atmosphere. The reality is that even capturing some of the carbon is inadequate to mitigate all the pollution that comes from coal. It does nothing to negate the problems with mountaintop removal where entire ecosystems are destroyed in order to extract coal. “Clean coal” is a lie and misconception aimed to fool people into thinking it is good for the environment. It is not.

We are not members of the Union that represents the workers at the Merrimack Generating Station. When the plant sets a closing date, the union will know what is best for their workers and we will stand alongside them so they get the demands they ask for from the company.

Yes. In 2012, the plant got scrubbers to reduce their mercury and sulfur output. These scrubbers did nothing to negate the large amount of carbon this plant releasesinto the atmosphere.

No, New Hampshire does not frack gas or mine coal. Coal trains travel to NH yearly each carrying 10 thousand tons of coal. All our fossil fuels not only negatively impact our our state but hurt the communities that they were extracted from.

It is 2019 – we cannot afford to continue to burn coal if we are to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis. Here on the seacoast of New Hampshire, families and businesses are feeling the effects of the climate crisis experience flooding that continually gets worse  Across the world low income communities and communities of color feel the impacts of the climate crisis at a disproportionate rate. The owners of the plant are profiting off of the destruction of our land, air, and climate and we cannot continue business as usual.

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