Appended below is a sample “letter to the Editor” that can be cut and pasted.
To: Editorial page editor of_____________________________________________
From: Name, Address
email address= Your Name@yahoo.com
Cell phone # ############
Our time to move “Beyond Coal” January 6, 2012
I am writing to encourage my neighbors and friends to stand up for clean, renewable energy jobs in our southside Chicago neighborhoods. Solar, wind, and geothermal energy technology can bring these jobs to our corner of the world. I do not want more dirty, polluting coal industry here in our community.
The Leucadia Corporation is proposing this year to build an expensive coal gasification plant that would produce synthetic natural gas from dirty coal. This means sooty streets and damaging effects to human health. The site for this plant would be 2 blocks from Washington High School, 3535 E. 114th St, where a monitor shows that the neighborhood’s air already has the states highest levels of toxic chromium, cadmium, and sulfates, which can trigger asthma attacks.
Our community has more than its fair share of polluting industries. The cumulative effect of the air pollution of these industries must be taken into account. Many are concentrated here where our air quality is some of the worst in the nation. The small amount of jobs that will be produced by the Leucadia coal plant are not the renewable energy jobs that we need.
This is our time in human history to move “Beyond Coal.” This is our time in our southside neighborhood to stand up for clean, renewable energy jobs. Please get involved in our “Beyond Coal” campaign. I ask my neighbors to visit these websites: www.sierraclub.org/coal/il and www.setaskforce.org