UPDATE: Due to weather emergencies and the closure of state offices, this event has been postponed until Monday, February 29, 2016.
Activists in respirators and hazmat suits to rally on steps of Michigan Capitol Monday
Cries for a ‘Clean Power Plan’ grow in wake of Supreme Court challenge
LANSING, Michigan – The Obama administration, in an attempt to curb the carbon emissions and slow the progress of climate change, proposed federal guidelines called the Clean Power Plan (CPP). States would either have to abide by these rules or develop their own plan. However, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) has agreed to hear a challenge to CPP, effectively putting its federal implementation on hold.
Governor Snyder originally indicated support of a strong CPP. But with the SCOTUS challenge and the unexpected death of JusticeAntonin Scalia bringing its outcome further into question, Snyder reversed this position, angering a slate of environmental organizations across the state who wanted the state plan to go forward.
On Monday afternoon, members of these groups will gather outside the Capitol building dressed in brightly colored, protective uniforms and gas masks to demonstrate the hazardous state of energy production in Michigan. In addition, they plan to directly hand deliver a letter to Governor Snyder to demand the state put environmental justice first and continue forward with the CPP. Residents from communities impacted by energy production in Michigan will express their outrage at the Governor’s decision and their support for a state plan that will protect them and the environment.
“Michiganians Demand Clean Power Plan” Press conference
Emma Lockridge, Michigan United Climate Justice leader
Dortheá E. Thomas, Michigan United Environmental & Climate Justice Organizer
Taryn Jones, Michigan United Climate Justice leader
And representatives from:
Clean Water Action
Lone Tree Council
Union of Concerned Scientist
Michigan Interfaith Power & Light
12:30 P.M. Monday, February 29, 2016
Eastern steps of the Michigan Capitol bldg.
Lansing, MI 48933