[act-ma] Mar1, Sunday, 1pm, Coal power plants demonstrations in MA
amyh at texnology.com
Mon Feb 16 07:41:36 PST 2009
Dear UJP members,
Fossil fuels are driving climate chaos and war, and robbing us of a livable future. Of all fossil fuels, coal is the dirtiest, and “clean coal” is so far a fiction. From mining to burning to waste disposal, coal threatens our health and safety. Coal also has the highest carbon content of all fossil fuels, and is therefore the worst global warming culprit. Coal has the largest untapped reserve while global oil and gas reserves are declining. Continued reliance on coal without immediate phase-out is incompatible with any modeling scenarios of reducing atmospheric greenhouse gases to a safe level in time to avert irreversible catastrophic climate change.
The US military is the single biggest user of fossil fuels, and it spends over half of our income tax dollars – predominantly in attempts to control global oil reserves, waging wars and undermining our security in the process. Now the coal industry is trying to make the military a guaranteed liquid coal buyer for the next quarter century, an extremely expensive fuel that emits twice the carbon as petroleum. Switching quickly from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy is our only option to avert climate & economic collapses, pursue real peace & security, and create secure jobs.
In support of the Mar2 Washington DC coal power plant civil disobedience action called upon by authors Wendell Berry & Bill McKibben (http://www.capitolclimateaction.com/), where thousands of young people will be prepared to be arrested while demanding an end to coal, the Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities (MCHC) is working with local activist groups to organize legal demonstrations at multiple coal fired power plants in Massachusetts. We currently have plans to hold simultaneous demonstrations at 3 such plants on Sunday Mar 1, starting at 1pm.
The three plants are NRG (Somerset), Mt. Tom (Holyoke) & Dominion (Salem) Coal Plants.
We would like to ask UJP for endorsement of this event. If any UJP member groups would like to join the organizing/coordinating of this event, including adding more coal power plants for demonstrations, that will be fantastic. At the end of this email is a list of all 6 locations of coal power plants in MA. We have a coordination conference call on Thursday nights at 9pm. Please contact Eli Beckerman for call info (Eli, 617-821-1453, eli at securegreenfuture.org).
Please help us spread the word. We want to let the powers-that-be know that it's not only the young people convening in DC that desperately want to stop coal. Coal plants everywhere need to be shut down, if we are to have a livable future.
Attached is a flyer for this event, and our website for this is: http://securegreenfuture.org/stopcoal
Thank you, and best regards.
P.S., List of Massachusetts Coal Fired Power Plants:
Worcester 16544 Saint - Gobain Abrasives Inc 50041 Norton Powerhouse 327 GEN1 2.5 MW
Worcester 16544 Saint - Gobain Abrasives Inc 50041 Norton Powerhouse 327 GEN2 3.1 MW
Hampden 29868 Northeast Generation Services Company 1606 Mount Tom 22 1 136 MW
Bristol 29878 Somerset Power LLC 1613 Somerset Station 22 5 74 MW
Bristol 29878 Somerset Power LLC 1613 Somerset Station 22 6 100 MW
Hampden 39878 Solutia Inc-Indian 10417 Indian Orchard Plant 1 325211 TG 5.7 MW
Bristol 50018 Dominion Energy New England, LLC 1619 Brayton Point 22 1 241 MW
Bristol 50018 Dominion Energy New England, LLC 1619 Brayton Point 22 2 241 MW
Bristol 50018 Dominion Energy New England, LLC 1619 Brayton Point 22 3 642.6 MW
Essex 50018 Dominion Energy New England, LLC 1626 Salem Harbor 22 1 81.9 MW
Essex 50018 Dominion Energy New England, LLC 1626 Salem Harbor 22 2 82 MW
Essex 50018 Dominion Energy New England, LLC 1626 Salem Harbor 22 3 165.7 MW
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