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 Policy Order Resolution
  O-11
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  January 23, 2012
COUNCILLOR DECKER
COUNCILLOR VANBEUZEKOM
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG
COUNCILLOR DAVIS
COUNCILLOR KELLEY
COUNCILLOR MAHER
COUNCILLOR REEVES
COUNCILLOR SIMMONS
COUNCILLOR TOOMEY

WHEREAS: This City Council believes that Cambridge should serve as a model and stand with communities who are committed to alternative energy sources that are "coal-free"; and
    
WHEREAS: Mined coal comes at a social, economic and health cost to poor communities that both are mined for coal and process it; and 
    
WHEREAS:

Jon Levy, Professor of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health has documented in his research that more than $300 million per year in public health damages (on the order of 50 deaths per year) are inflicted on residents by our coal plants; and 

    
WHEREAS: The issue of coal as an energy source should be seen in the context of struggle for human rights, aiming to protect communities that typically do not have the political clout or a strong voice to be heard; and 
 
WHEREAS: It is important for the citizens of Cambridge to know that our energy comes from coal plants that inflict harm on communities in Massachusetts, such as Somerset, as well as from origin plants which range from Appalachia to Columbia; now therefore be it
   
ORDERED:

The the City Manager be and hereby is requested to obtain from NSTAR the following information: How much of the electricity serving the municipal needs of Cambridge is attributable to burning coal? How much of the coal burned to generate the city's electricity comes from Columbia and how much from West Virginia? If there are other sources of coal, please specify. Please identify the mines that the Columbian coal originates from.  Please identify the mines that the West Virginia coal comes from and in each case whether they are strip-mines (aka surface mines). What is the number of residential, commercial and government customers who have chosen the NSTAR Green option? This would include 50% or 100% wind generated energy options; and be it further

      

ORDERED:

That this City Council go on record requesting that Cambridge go "coal-free" in an effort to combat the negative effects such energy has on health, economics and social justice; and be it further 
     

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on this matter. 
    

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