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How to close coal plants

With 2,500 expected to a sit-in at the Capitol Power Plant tomorrow, congressional leaders asked the Capitol architect to switch the building’s heating and cooling system from coal to natural gas, the Tribune reports.

The participants in what will be the largest civil disobedience action against global warming ever — organized by Capitol Climate Action and led by pioneer climate scientist James Hansen — are among 10,000 in Washington this weekend for Power Shift 09. The event is billed as “72 non-stop hours of panels, workshops, speeches and concerts with a take-no-prisoners message: It’s time for the White House and US Congress to stand up to the dirty energy lobby and pass the energy and climate policies we truly need.”

The Obama administration has taken a number of positive steps on climate change, but on one issue they diverge from the activists, who say the idea of “clean coal” is an industry myth aimed at delaying the day of reckoning for an inherently dirty energy source.

Learning of the congressional statement, environmental writer Bill McKibben e-mailed Climate Progress with this message: “This civil disobedience stuff kind of works.  How many coal plants are there?”

To start with, two of the oldest and dirtiest coal plants are still operating in Chicago.

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