According to the Capitol Climate Action website, they are there now, as I write, “courageous activists have occupied three of five gates at the Capitol Power Plant. The march of thousands is continuing to circle the plant. The situation is peaceful, non-violent, and of course inspiring…
“The atmosphere is charged with hope and excitement. People are bundled up in their warmest coats and staying active by chanting. I hear ‘Coal can never be clean.’ There’s a prayer vigil in the south section of the park.”
There may have been even more people including celebrities from New York at the rally, if it wasn’t for the unseasonal cold weather and large snowfalls delaying flights into Washington.
There have been large snowfall in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Boston and New York.
According to Gary Conte, a National Weather Service meteorologist, the daily snowfall record for New York in March is 10 inches (25 centimeters), set in 1896 and “based on our forecast, that is in jeopardy” (via Bloomberg).
Cold weather associated with global warming protests is not unusual and has become known as the “Gore Effect” amongst climate change skeptics. Following are some examples (via Marc Morano):
1. First October snow since 1922 blankets London as global warming bill debated – October 2008
2. Global Warming Vote on Snowy Day in Washington – Senate committee debates expensive climate change bill snow blanket D.C. – December 2007
3. HOUSE HEARING ON ‘WARMING OF THE PLANET’ CANCELED AFTER SNOW/ICE STORM – February 2007
4. NOT AGAIN! DC ‘Snow Advisory’ Issued on Day of Congressional Global Warming Hearing – March 2007
5. Gore decries ‘global warming’ in bitterly cold NYC – December 2006
6. Gore delivers environmental message at Harvard – …with near 125-year record breaking low temps – October 2008
7. Global warming activists urged to focus on Earth Day rallies and ignore snow as it ‘piles up outside our windows’ – April 17, 2007
8. No Joke! Cyclists ‘braved freezing cold temps’ to promote global warming awareness in New York – October 22, 2008
9. Global warming protest in Maryland frosted with snow – January 2008
10. Global warming rally in the snow – April 2007
11. Snow won’t dampen global-warming rallies – April 2007
12. Brrr. – Obama to global warming demonstrators: ‘This is probably not the weather to hold up those signs…it’s a little chilly today’ – October 28, 2008
13. Global Warming Awareness Walk Braves Snow Storm – March 2007
The photograph of hundreds
thousands of students protesting global warming in Washington is from Capital Climate Action . The photograph of hundreds of snowmen protesting global warming is from LookU.com.