Rally to Kick Coal and Oil Out of L.A.

October 5, 2010 at 11:29 pm 5 comments

Are you sick and tired of smoggy air and non-renewable energy? Worried about climate change devastating a planet you care about? Well, then, while you’re at CicLAvia, please ride, walk, skate or Metro down to City Hall for a rally to Kick Coal and Oil Out of Los Angeles!!

The rally will take place at 12:30pm this Sunday 10/10/2010 at the steps on the south lawn of Los Angeles City Hall on First Street, between Main Street and Spring Street. Read on, because that’s not all! There’s a cool CicLAvia-route Samba march that leads into the rally!

Nearly 40% of Los Angeles’ electric power comes from coal-burning plants in Arizona and Utah.  That could be clean, renewable power from solar or wind right here in California! Additionally, L.A. has one of the largest collections of oil refineries in the state, dumping loads of pollution into our air. It’s time to  change all this, by getting fossil fuels out of our local energy mix! We don’t want to power our homes with coal-fired electricity.

It’s critical right now for the residents of L.A. to push our L.A. Department of Water and Power to supply 100% renewable energy by 2020.  LADWP and the City Council will vote on a new energy blueprint within a few weeks. To clean up our energy and our air, it will take pressure from Angelenos to get our commissioners, civil servants, and elected officials in City to take positive steps to replace coal and oil with renewable energy.  That push will start on 10-10-10 with this rally!

Rally speakers (rumored to include actress/environmentalist Ellen Page) will start at 12:30pm. RSVP to the Kick Coal and Oil Out of Los Angeles rally on Facebook or at 350.org.

Leading into the rally, there’s another event – separate, but dovetailing together. This one is a “No on Prop 23” protest march/dance/ride starting at 11:30am at a Valero Station at 5th Street and Alameda Street. Valero (boooo! hissss!) is a Texas oil company that has dumped millions into our state to defeat California’s Green House Gas regulations. A marching dancing Samba band will lead marchers and cyclists from the Valeo Station to City Hall… samba-ing through the CicLAvia route in Little Tokyo. The procession will enter the CicLAvia route at 3rd and Central at about 12noon.

Come on down and samba and rally and let City Hall and Valero know that you support clean renewable energy!

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