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Even if upstaged, DC climate protest to go ahead

The protest must go on, even if congressional leaders stole some of the activists' symbolic thunder.

Climate activists apparently plan to go ahead with a "civil act of civil disobedience" Monday outside a power plant near Capitol Hill, even though congressional leaders declared they want the facility to stop burning coal in a bid to "green the Capitol."

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The Washington Post reported that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid issued a letter days before the protest calling for the old power plant, built in 1910, to be converted to burning only natural gas.  Climate activists had planned to gather there to put pressure on the politicians to take action to curb climate-warming pollution.

Undeterred, the demonstration is still on, starting with a prayer vigil and rally before marching to the power plant.  Chesapeake Climate Action Network is among the groups organizing the protest.

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