Making progress already: Capitol power plant to quit coal!

Written by Becky Tarbotton

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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 Global Warming Campaign 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.”

For more information on the Capitol Climate Action, global warming, and coal, visit

Pelosi and Reid’s letter is available here

2 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Shelly T. says:

    This is not progress. She wants to replace coal with natural gas, another fossil fuel. She has a $100,000 investment in natural gas, along with her husband, so this is about potential profit for her. Someone should look into whether Harry Reid also has a natural gas investment.

  2. Shelly T. says:

    P.S. This is what is called Greenwashing. Replacing one fossil fuel for another and calling it “clean” is a great example. If she wanted really clean fuel they’d install solar panels like Jimmy Carter did when he was president.

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