The New York mayor is using a $50m gift to the Sierra Club to make the case against coal on public health grounds.

This article titled “Michael Bloomberg got New Yorkers to quit smoking. Can he shut down coal?” was written by Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 22nd July 2011 09.35 UTC

He got New Yorkers to stop smoking and give up trans fats. Now maybe he can convince Americans to see coal as a danger to public health – at least Michael Bloomberg says that is the idea behind his m (£31m) gift to the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.

What it’s not about is making an argument based on climate change.

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