Patrick Cars supports Green Energy Initiatives
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
In an effort to make a substantial positive impact on our environment, Patrick Cars has teamed up with a socially responsible renewable energy company called Viridian Energy. Patrick Cars is dedicated to promoting the awareness of renewable energy and how, by making ONE SMALL CHANGE, we can drastically improve the environment for our future generations.
Moving Illinois forward with Clean Energy
From asthma attacks to oil spills, it’s clear dirty energy does not come cheap. Illinois is one of the Nations top energy consuming states, which makes transitioning to clean energy a top priority to protect the environment, health and pocketbooks for all in Illinois. An over reliance on dirty fuels like coal and oil, drain billions from the state economy each year and exacerbates the consequences of climate change. Fortunately, Illinois has a choice. Illinois has the resources and know how to lead the country in renewable energy production that will revitalize the economy, create good green jobs and protect the environment of the Prairie State.
Moving Beyond Coal
Illinois legacy as a coal state is a dirty one. Every stage of the lifecycle of coal, from extraction to emissions, presents serious dangers to our environment and health. The long-wall mining that occurs in southern Illinois destroys prime farmland and displaces families as the coal is literately swept out from under them. The emissions and byproducts from coal-fired power plants are responsible for asthma attacks, premature deaths and water contamination. Coal is neither cheap nor clean and it’s time to move to safer renewable energy alternatives.
According to the ComEd Environmental Disclosure Statement for 2011,
- 44% of our electricity is sourced from coal fired power
- 40% of our electricity is sourced from nuclear power
- Only 3% of our electricity is sourced from renewable sources
According to the Sierra Club,
“Coal-fired power plants account for almost 40% of our nation’s carbon dioxide pollution and burning coal for electricity creates more than 120 million solid tons of toxic waste every year.”
Source: Sierra Club Coal Report Fact Sheet: http://sierraclub.org/coal/downloads/0508-coal-report-fact- sheet.pdf
According to the EPA (2011),
In 2007, a total of 464 power plants using coal emitted 1,866,813,072.1 metric tons of CO2 in 2007 and in 2005, on average, each single-family home released a whopping 8.02 metric tons CO2/home. In addition, each year, over 78,000 pounds of mercury are released from coal-fired power plants, right into the air that we all breathe, which then finds its way into our water and soil as well.
Coal and our Health:
All of this toxic pollution creates havoc on our health. “In the U.S., 1 out of 10 children suffers from asthma. Each year, coal pollution causes 12,000 emergency room visits and $100 billion in health costs. Half of U.S. families live in places with unsafe air.”
Source Sierra Club http://www.beyondcoal.org/dirty-truth
Now is the optimal time to do your part to help clean up our air, water and land.By choosing renewable energy, together we can make a substantial impact.
Illinois residents are in a prime position to make a positive impact through renewable energy. Due to deregulation, Illinois residents now have the right to choose where their energy supply comes from. And now is the time to choose a socially responsible, environmentally friendly energy sourcing company: Viridian Energy.
The Patrick Dealer Group has teamed up with Viridian Energy to bring affordable green energyto our customers, employees, families and friends. We want to give back to youby arming you with the information you need to help the environment by choosing renewable energy through Viridian. Not only will you be helping the environment by choosing Viridian, you will also be saving money on you electric bill through ComEd.
Viridian is a third-party energy supplier that delivers 100% affordable green energy to the electric grid in Illinois.The power of this choice is monumental. Anyone can choose to switch suppliers to save money, so when you choose, MAKE THAT CHOICE COUNT.
By choosing Viridian, you get CLEAN, GREEN Energy AND you can save money.
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