1. Moving the South away from coal
We are weaning the South off its overreliance on the dirtiest of fossil fuels. In April 2007, after seven years of sustained legal effort by SELC, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court agreed that power companies could no longer continue to extend the lives of old, coal-burning power plants without installing modern pollution controls—catalyzing the largest power plant cleanup in history. Our attorneys subsequently blocked or shelved plans to construct seven new coal-burning units in our six states. Then, through site-specific action we and our partners have secured plans or legally binding commitments to retire one-third of the existing coal plant capacity in our region. The cumulative result? CO2 levels from electric power have dropped by 29% in the Southeast.