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  • Kathryn Houser
    The Texas legislature will soon vote on a measure that would define trash-burning as clean, renewable energy. Please take a moment to tell your state
    Message 1 of 1 , May 7, 2003
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      The Texas legislature will soon vote on a measure that would define
      trash-burning as clean, renewable energy.

      Please take a moment to tell your state legislators to oppose subsidizing
      this dirty process (and forward on to your lists).

      To take action, click on this link or paste it into your web browser:
      http://pirg.org/alerts/route.asp?id=457&id4=ES


      CSHB 2576 (Baxter) and SB 1325 (Carona) would classify garbage incineration
      as a renewable energy source as part of the Texas Renewable Portfolio
      Standard, subsidizing this dirty process and taking away from real progress
      toward clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar power.

      Trash-burning is NOT clean energy and has no place in any renewable energy
      standard. Including trash-burning in the definition of renewable energy
      would impede our state's progress toward truly clean renewable energy
      sources and provide a subsidy for an extremely dirty and dangerous
      technology.

      Municipal solid waste incineration is the nation's second largest source of
      dioxin. Incinerators also account for nearly 20% of the nation's emissions
      of mercury, a toxic metal that can damage the growing brains of children at
      low exposure levels. A recent study found that 60,000 babies may be born in
      the U.S. each year with neurological problems because of exposure to methyl
      mercury in utero.

      Please take a moment to tell your state legislators to oppose subsidizing
      this dirty process.
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