With a rather substantial protest looming on their horizon, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi request change, change to the physical power supply of the Capitol Building. From dirty stinkin’ coal to a cleaner natural gas, a step up.
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 Deputy Campaigns Director Carroll Muffett. “This move 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.” [links added]
So you see, as Bill McKibben notes, "this civil disobedience stuff kind of works. How many coal plants are there?”
The Capitol Climate Action is still on.
Here’s what you can do to help:
If you’re in the DC area or you want to come to the event, you can RSVP here. If you can’t make it, there’s a couple of other ways you can join the chorus.
–Embed the Capitol Coal Action widget on your website. Get the code here.
–Change your Facebook profile pic to the March 2nd poster image. Just go to the event page and right click on the image to save it to your desktop. Then go to your Facebook profile photos and choose "edit photo". You can upload the image, viola!