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July 30, 2014

First Day of EPA Carbon Pollution Standard Hearings a Success!

Atlanta EPA rally

Hundreds and hundreds of people gathered in Washington, D.C., Denver, and Atlanta Tuesday for the first day of public hearings on the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The EPA proposed these first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants just last month.
Senator Markey at the DC rally

In Washington, D.C., crowds gathered to speak out in favor of the carbon pollution standard, packing the hearing all day. Supporters also gathered at a rally outside the hearing (see above photo) to hear from a variety of great speakers, including Senator Ed Markey, Delaware Governor Jack Markell, Latino Victory Project president Cristobal Alex, Green Latino president Mark Magaña, Hip Hop Caucus president Rev. Lennox Yearwood and others.
DC EPA rally kids - Photo by Javier Sierra
Kids were out and about in force as well, thanks to coalition partner Moms Clean Air Force.

Atlanta EPA march - Photo by Anna Jane Joyner
In Atlanta, hundreds marched through the city streets after a powerful rally (the first photo in this blog post is of the Atlanta rally). There supporters also outnumbered opposition to EPA's standard by large number. Business owners, farmers, parents, clergy, and many more spoke in favor of EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Even a former NFL player got in on the action, writing a supportive op-ed in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Denver rally
In Denver, activists kicked off the day with a press conference with local clean energy business leaders highlighting clean energy jobs in Colorado and the opportunities that the Clean Power Plan presents for the growing clean energy industry.

Later in the morning there was clean air rally with Mom's Clean Air Force, Colorado Mom's Know Best, Climate Parents, and other groups.

At the hearing, one leader estimated the hearing speakers in favor of EPA's carbon pollution standard outnumbered the opposition by around 50 to 1. Retired military, kids, local clean energy business owners and more testified in support of limiting carbon pollution.
Denver hearing speakers
All in all - day 1 of the hearings was a huge success. The hearings continue today in all three cities and later this week in Pittsburgh.

If you can't make it to a hearing, please send in your comments to the EPA right here!

Enjoy more photos from DC, Atlanta, and Denver below. We also encourage you to check out the twitter hashtags #ActOnClimate, #DCEPA, and #AtlEPA to see more great photos and quotes from yesterday and to follow the rest of the week's hearings!

DC EPA hearing bike

Biking the message around in DC!

Green Latino president Mark Magaña speaks at the DC rally - photo by Javier Sierra

Green Latino president Mark Magaña speaks at the DC rally. (Photo by Javier Sierra)

Rev Gerald Durley

The Rev. Gerald Durley rallies the Atlanta crowd. (Photo by Jenna Garland)

Denver kids- photo by Conservation CO

Some sign-making kids at the Denver rally. (Photo courtesy of Conservation Colorado)

DC EPA rally - photo by Javier Sierra

More of the crowd from the DC rally. (Photo by Javier Sierra)

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