In a unique demonstration, Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter joined with the Clean Economy Coalition for a rally at Corpus Christi City Hall in which activists poured pet-coke (charcoal briquettes) into glasses of water and delivered them to the city council in a special gift box . The action drew attention to the city’s negotiations to supply water to the huge Las Brisas power plant planned for a strip of land along Corpus Christi Bay. Over the past two years the Sierra Club has organized an active coalition of local residents, health professionals, and Club members opposed to this project. If built, this 1,300 megawatt coke-fired plant would pump more than 9 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere and use an estimated five to seven billion gallons of water annually--a precious resource in drought-stricken Texas.
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