Over 2,500 people from across the country gathered at the Capitol Power Plant today and blocked all five entrances to the plant for almost four hours.
Operators did not attempt to enter the facility, leaving the plant without human attendants and inoperable for the day. NASA scientist James Hansen, Robert Kennedy, Jr., Bill McKibben, Wendell Berry, and Daryl Hannah were among the participants who risked arrest to make this statement against coal power.
Power from nearby plants was diverted to power the capitol for the day. No power outages were reported. Organizers call the event the largest ever act of civil disobedience in opposition to climate change.
Last week, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asked the Capitol Power Planet to switch from coal to natural gas by the end of 2009. Currently the plant uses a combination of coal and natural gas.