Colorado Rallies for Clean Air
Send your praises to Sierra Club Beyond Coal Organizer Roger Singer and the many great people of the Beyond Coal Campaign in Colorado. The team - including the Campus Beyond Coal organizers from the University of Colorado at Boulder - turned out more than 200 clean energy advocates and allies to a rally and a Public Utilities Commission hearing about the Clean Air Clean Jobs Act that involves retiring more than 900 megawatts of existing coal power in the state.
Singer said the supporters included a broad coalition of conservation groups, health community groups, renewable energy businesses and natural gas companies.
Singer added coal industry activists were present too, holding a smaller rally of their own just across the street, and then even unsuccessfully trying to crash the clean energy rally. Thankfully, he said, the clean energy folks had the mic and drowned out those few pro-coal yahoos.
At the hearing, more than 40 folks testified supporting the plan that the state should retire the 903 MW of coal even sooner, build one less gas plant than proposed and put more emphasis on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Nice job, Colorado!