Congressional leaders call for Capitol plant to can coal, just days before major protest

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Congressional leaders call for Capitol plant to can coal, just days before major protest

Some 10,000 yoots are descending on D.C. today for the Power Shift 2009 climate-action conference. On Monday, many of them will join a massive protest at the coal-fired plant that provides power to the U.S. Capitol. Organizers from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Rainforest Action Network, and Greenpeace anticipate that it will be the largest display of civil disobedience against global warming in United States history. But yesterday, Congressional leaders took some of the wind out of their disobedient sails: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent a letter to the Acting Architect of the Capitol asking that the plant switch to 100 percent natural gas. The protest is still meaningful, organizers say — the coal problem ain’t exactly limited to that one facility. Kate Sheppard reports on the protest plans and Pelosi’s letter, and Ken Ward has a message (and colorful coupon!) for Power Shift attendees.

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