News Summary and Opinion: A Cold and Snowy Global Warming Protest

Let’s just get this part out of the way: Yes, the Eastern seaboard, including Washington DC, was being hit with a powerful winter storm, bringing March in with the proverbial lion, even as a reported two thousand demonstrators marched from the Capitol to the aging coal-fired Capitol Power Plant in hopes of bringing attention to the urgent need of climate change action from government leaders. Go figure – don’t these people know that a snowy day, or winter, means that all this talk of global warming is just so much hot air? Apparently not.

All sarcasm aside, a report from Stacy Moford at summarizes the event, attended by some foremost luminaries in the cause, including James Hansen and Robert Kennedy Jr.

The protest focused attention on the 99-year-old Capitol plant, responsible for one-third of Congress’ greenhouse gas emissions and the number one source of air pollution and emissions in DC. Last week, Democratic Congressional leaders sent a letter asking the Capitol architect to switch the plant to 100% natural gas by the end of the year.

Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schueneman
Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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