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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Coalition Response to Call for Switch to Natural Gas at Capitol Power Plant

Coalition Response to Call for Switch to Natural Gas at Capitol Power Plant

Capitol Climate Action Day, Biggest Civil Disobedience on Climate in U.S. History to Go Forward
Today, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Leader Harry Reid released a letter asking the Capitol Architect to switch the Capitol Power Plant from coal to 100 percent natural gas by the end of 2009. Pelosi and Reid’s call comes just three days before more than 2,500 people from across the country are coming to converge at the power plant for the biggest civil disobedience on climate issues in U.S. history. Prior to the announcement of the Capitol Climate Action, pro-coal legislators had been able to prevent the switch from coal to natural gas.

"Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid’s dramatic action shows that Congress can act quickly on global warming when the public demands it," said Greenpeace USA Deputy Campaigns Director Carroll Muffett. "Their action demonstrates that they recognize the urgency of the climate crisis and the need for a switch to cleaner energy sources."


"The more than 2,500 people coming to Washington to call for a solution to the climate crisis and an end to the use of coal are still coming because the climate is still in crisis and coal is still driving that crisis," said Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Rainforest Action Network. "Today’s move reflects Congress’s growing awareness that the public is demanding change."

"Speaker Pelosi and Leader Reid today showed the power of grassroots action," said Mike Tidwell, executive director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. "That grassroots action is going to continue until Congress passes legislation that solves the climate crisis."
The initial rally for the Capitol Climate Action will meet on March 2nd at 1:00pm in Spirit of Justice Park (C St. SW and Capitol St SE, two blocks west of Capitol South Metro)
For more information on the Capitol Climate Action, global warming, and coal, visit www.capitolclimateaction.org.


Pelosi and Reid’s letter is available at http://speaker.house.gov/newsroom/pressreleases?id=1028.
CONTACTS:
Michael Crocker, 202-319-2471
Nell Greenberg, 510-847-9777
Anne Havemann 240-396-2022





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