Bloomberg Gives $50 Million to Sierra Club

NYC mayor gets behind effort to fight coal

Jul 22, 2011
Outside Magazine

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Thursday that he would make a $50-million donation to the Sierra Club through his charity in an effort to fight coal. The money will go to the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal program, which aims to shut down coal plants across the United States. “If we are going to get serious about reducing our carbon footprint in the United States, we have to get serious about coal,” Bloomberg said in a press release. He also expressed frustration with the pace of legislation to clean up energy production. Bloomberg, a man whose political affiliations are fluid—he was once a Democrat, then a Republican, and is now an independent—has initiated environmental programs in New York, through PlaNYC, and has also pushed for public-health programs with private donations and legislation. He is the founder of Bloomberg L.P., a multibillion-dollar business media company.

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