Coal Pollution in North Omaha, Nebraska: "Kids Deserve Better Than This"
They are tired of the health effects that air pollution is having on their neighborhoods.
According to the Clean Air Task Force, pollution from burning coal at OPPD’s North Omaha coal-fired power plant is linked to 240 asthma attacks, 22 heart attacks, and 14 premature deaths annually, as well as more than $100 million each year in health and environmental related costs, which are then passed on to taxpayers. North Omaha is largely an African American population, with an average household income of $17,000 The asthma rate in this community is nearly 20 percent -- more than twice the national average.
Cynthia, Krystal, and many North Omaha residents want clean energy for their neighborhood -- and for all of Nebraska. Not only do they know it won't pollute the air or water, but they also recognize the potential clean energy has for generating jobs and boosting the local economy. It's no coincidence that companies like Facebook are choosing Iowa over Nebraska for siting new facilities -- it's at least in part because of Iowa's aggressive wind power development. Just across the river from Omaha in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Google has announced plans to expand an existing data center.