Capitol Coal Plant Victory
For Immediate Release
Contact: Nick Berning, 202-222-0748 Chris Weiss, 202-421-7319
Capitol Coal Plant Victory: Reid, Pelosi Call for End to Use of Coal
WASHINGTON, D.C.A multi-year effort to green the U.S. Capitol complex appears likely to result in a major victory after todays announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that they want the plant to switch to cleaner natural gas.
Weve been fighting to clean up the Capitol for yearsits an important symbol for the whole nation, said Friends of the Earth President Brent Blackwelder. Dirty coal plants all over the country continue to release heat-trapping gases and pollute the air we breathe, so there remains much work to be done, but todays announcement is a signal of a major change in direction. I want to thank Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid for their leadership.
Just yesterday, Blackwelder and representatives of Earthjustice and the Sierra Club sent letters to Reid and Pelosi asking that they stop using coal at the Capitol power plant.
Todays announcement comes less than a week before a nonviolent civil disobedience action is planned outside of the Capitol coal plant. That action will still go forward.
Last year, Friends of the Earth defended Speaker Nancy Pelosis Greening the Capitol initiative from attacks by Representative Vernon Ehlers: http://www.rollcall.com/issues/54_10/news/26863-1.html?type=printer_friendly
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