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FROM THE COAL MINES TO THE POWER LINES is a taxpayer supported curriculum developed by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) to teach elementary and high school students that coal is the clean, safe fuel of the future.

Yes, that’s right. The State of Illinois is distributing a full teachers’ curriculum and on-line materials that offer a one-sided, inaccurate, and willfully distorted view of coal, clearly written on behalf of the coal industry. Virtually no mention is made of coal’s liabilities, of the environmental damage that is un-avoidable in its extraction and use, nor of its documented social and environmental costs.

This highly biased program casts coal and coal companies in the most positive light possible. It encourages public allegiance to the coal industry, beginning with the youngest and most impressionable members of society – our children. Tell Governor Quinn to stop using taxpayer funds to underwrite the coal industry!

Stop using taxpayer funds to underwrite the coal industry!

Dear Governor Quinn:

The education of our children is a sacred trust that we give to our teachers. Yet, educators in Illinois are being asked to violate that trust for the economic gain and vested interests of the coal industry.

I was appalled to learn that the State of Illinois is distributing a full teachers’ curriculum that presents a one-sided, inaccurate, and willfully distorted view of coal, clearly written on behalf of the coal industry. No mention is made of the documented environmental damage and public health costs that come from mining and burning coal for electricity.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s Coal Curriculum is a highly biased program aimed at casting coal and coal companies in the most positive light possible and encouraging public allegiance to the coal industry, beginning with the youngest and most impressionable members of society – our children.

Please exercise your authority as Governor to immediately halt the distribution of coal industry propaganda and take a stand for fact-based education.

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1.  Sign the petition and tell Governor Quinn to stop using taxpayer funds to underwrite the coal industry! Require the DCEO to tell the full truth about coal and support measures that will build a clean energy future for our children.

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This petition and associated signatures will be forwarded to Gov. Quinn and key state legislators as part of our campaign for science-based energy education. By submitting this form, your name and address will be filed with a public agency and become public record. We will not use your personal information for any other purpose.

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