Anti-Coal Plant Rally at UNR on Tuesday

Environmentalists plan a rally on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno on Tuesday in opposition to the proposed construction of a coal-fired power plant near Ely.

Officials for the Sierra Club and the Nevada Clean Energy Campaign said they are trying to organize a call-in protest to the Texas-based Dynegy Inc.

Dynegy is one of the developers of the proposed Ely project called the White Pine Energy Center, one of three coal plants currently proposed in Nevada.

Colin Beckman, conservation organizer for the Sierra Club's Toiyabe Chapter, says Dynegy currently has more proposed coal plants on the drawing board than any other company in the U.S. He says the callers will urge the company to shift investments away from coal-fired power plants and toward cleaner, greener, energy.

The rally is scheduled for noon in front of the new Joe Crowley
Student Union.

Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., is among those opposed to any new coal
plants based on concerns about air and water pollution.

Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., is among the backers of the projects. He says the new generation of coal plants are much cleaner than in the past and would play an important role in helping to reduce the nation's energy dependence on foreign countries.

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