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JUNE 14TH: Dumping one Ton of Coal in front of U.S. Capitol in Protest of “Coal-to-Liquid” Bill

I hope Senator Obama realized that, by supporting coal-to-liquid technology, he’s giving coal companies more incentive to extract more coal in the cheapest way possible: mountaintop removal! The Senator himself is on record as being against MTR. Read all about it here.

Press Conference on Capitol Hill
11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 14th

Ted Glick, 301.891.6844
Mike Tidwell, 240.460.5838

Campaign Exposes Senator Obama’s Flip-Flop on Climate Change
Activists Dump one Ton of Coal in front of U.S. Capitol in Protest of “Coal-to-Liquid” Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Dozens of activists will dump one ton of raw coal on the U.S. Capitol lawn Thursday to protest Senator Barack Obama’s support for a disastrous coal-to-liquid bill. Representatives of climate and environmental groups will join forces on Thursday, June 14th at 11:00 a.m. in Lower Senate Park on Capitol Hill to call for Sen. Obama and others who say they oppose global warming to drop their support for “coal-to-liquid” legislation being debated in the Senate.

Since Friday, June 8th, over 1,000 concerned Americans from Sen. Obama’s home state of Illinois to the mountains of Kentucky to the coasts of Louisiana have signed an online petition circulated by the U.S. Climate Emergency Council calling for Sen. Obama to show leadership on global warming and stop his support of coal-to-liquid technology.

Coal-to-liquids will make the climate crisis worse. This transportation fuel made from coal would double the global warming pollution coming from our cars, trucks and planes. Moreover, large-scale use of liquid coal would exacerbate the devastating effects of coal mining felt by communities and ecosystems stretching from Appalachia to the Rocky Mountains. At a time when Americans are demanding action on global warming, coal-to-liquid technology is a giant leap in the wrong direction.

WHAT: Press conference protesting dangerous “coal-to-liquid” legislation and calling on Senator Barack Obama and Senate leaders to show leadership on global warming

WHEN: Thursday, June 14 @ 11:00 AM

WHERE: Lower Senate Park, north side of Capitol Building, near the intersection of Louisiana Avenue NW and D Street NW. Call 202-997-2466 or 973-460-1458 for directions.

WHO: Initiated by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the U.S. Climate Emergency Council




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