Just got this from MoveOn. I hope to go. If you are in Texas, please come.
Governor Rick Perry and the Texas State Legislature are deciding whether or not to build 19 new dirty coal-fired power plants. Come to Austin and tell them we need a clean energy future—not more health problems and global warming! Can you come to the State Capitol for the rally?
Stop the Coal Rush Rally
Sunday, February 11th, 2007
And if you can, stay for the Citizen’s Lobby Day
Monday, February 12th, 2007
Register here: http://www.stopthecoalrush.com/moveon
Dear MoveOn member,
Governor Rick Perry is pushing through the construction of 19 new dirty coal-fired power plants in Texas—just as the new Congress is getting serious about global warming solutions in D.C. These plants alone would release more greenhouse gasses into the air than would be cut by the most progressive proposals currently in Congress.
He is rushing to get the coal plants built before any new legislation kicks in, and if he succeeds, he’ll be unilaterally taking us backward in our urgent fight against global warming. And Texans can look forward to more bad air quality days and increased asthma rates.
A coalition of groups including American Lung Association and Texas Sierra Club Legal Action have organized a rally at the Capitol in Austin at noon this Sunday to stop this. Can you join them to demand that Texas pursue a clean energy future?
Click here to attend the Stop the Coal Rush Rally:
What: Stop the Coal Rush Rally
When: Sunday Feb. 11 at 3:00 pm
Where: Texas State Capitol
Already, more than half of Texans live in areas where the air fails to meet federal minimum health-based standards. These plants would add an additional 124.5 million tons of carbon dioxide and other pollutants into the skies over Texas each year, further threatening the health of Texas citizens and accelerating the pace of global warming.
Gov. Rick Perry is using his executive power to push the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to “fast track” these plants so any new climate change legislation does not prevent them from being built.
But the Texas Legislature has the power to halt this unsafe and unfair permitting process. Stopping the fast track process will allow time for scientists to adequately assess the cumulative health impacts of these proposed coal plants, and for the state to consider cleaner, cheaper, safer alternatives.
We need to change the course of our energy future, and as Texans you have an opportunity to start if you act now. Can you come to Austin on Sunday?
Thanks for all you do.
–Nita, Ilyse, Justin, Daniel and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
Monday, February 5th, 2007
P.S. More information is available at http://www.stopthecoalrush.com
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