Georgia Students continue Rally’s for “Clean Future Now”/”No New Coal”

March 25, 2008 at 7:05 am 1 comment

Fifty of Georgia’s youth and community renewable energy and climate justice leaders gathered at the Georgia State Capitol on Thursday, March 20th, to urge Governor Sonny Purdue to begin working toward a just energy state economy, and deny two new coal plant proposals in the state.

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Photo By: Aleta Johannaber, aletamarie@bellsouth.net
The event came just three days after a report, which identified Georgia to be second in increased Carbon Emissions from existing coal plants since 2002 (first only behind Texas). Rally organizers pointed to two new coal proposals; one proposed in Southwestern Georgia by Dyengy/Ls Power, the other proposed in Middle Georgia by a coalition of Georgia EMC’s, as major financial and health risks for Georgia; and as major roadblocks for the growth of the states renewable energy economy.
Rally attendees sported 6-10 ft homemade wind-turbines, larger then life dirty coal pieces, and a 25 ft. inflatable coal plant, to emphasize the need to divert from the potential 14 million tons of new C02 and move forward to renewables and efficiency.
High School Senior Kelsea Norris and Georgia State Student Kasumi Kato spoke at the event about Governor Purdue’s responsibility to lock Georgia’s youth into the growing renewable economy, and move away from fossil fool dependency that would continue Georgia’s history of poor air quality and severe water shortages
Early County Native Tom Barksdale spoke to rally attendees about other states leadership in rejecting dirty and risky plans to build new coal plants, and on the diligent effort that community members and students from around the states have put into changing Georgia’s weary energy economy future. Several Governors, including Kansas Governor Kathleen Sibelius and Florida Governor Crist, have taken strong imitative to block new coal plants in the state, and Rally attendees urged Purdue to follow their lead in helping to create large scale investment opportunities for Georgia’s renewable energy economy.
Student’s, after symbolically “tearing down” the inflatable coal plant and replacing it with the homemade wind turbines- to the call and respond chant “Hey People? Yea! Coal is Over! Yeaa! Tell Purdue to Invest in Wind and Solar!”- went into the capitol to lobby legislatures on creating and supporting renewable energy legislation. Several students also releases a balloon banners which had the “No Coal” painted over the silhouette of the State of Georgia, into the Georgia State Capitol building.
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  • 1. Corruption, Coal, and Cobb EMC « It’s Getting Hot In Here  |  September 18, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    […] being made over the permits granted to Georgia’s first coal plant proposal in over 20 years, and young peole are in the streets protesting new fossil fuels facilities, Cobb EMC (Electrical Membership Cooperative) is pushing […]

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