Anti-Coal Heroes Win An Awkwardly Timed Victory

Capitol_Power_PlantAlmost 2500 people were planning to risk arrest last week outside the Capitol Power Plant, the heavily symbolic coal-burning plant that provides juice to Congress. Only...soon it won't be burning coal anymore. Awkward!

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent the following letter today to the Acting Architect of the Capitol, Stephen T. Ayers, asking that the Capitol Power Plant (CPP) use 100 percent natural gas for its operations. 

The switchover is expected to be complete by the end of 2009. 


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  • Ken Smith

    Perhpas this is the start of a new era, or perhaps this is comparable to the wonderful healthcare Congress has provided for itself for years while denying it to average Americans. Is Congress dedicated to switching all coal fired-plants over to natural gas so no one who lives within a few miles of a plant has to breath the toxic fumes? Or will this just apply to plants within miles of Georgetown and other swank DC neighborhoods? Only time will tell. But in the mean time, read about the hidden story of coal ash at Build Baby Build -