When U.S. power companies revealed plans to build over 150 new coal-fired power plants, climate scientists sounded the alarm. If this wave of massive plants were built, there would be little chance of preventing greenhouses gases from reaching truly dangerous levels. In response to the crisis, hundreds of local and regional groups, along with a handful of national groups, rose to the challenge of blocking the wave of proposals.
Climate Hope focuses on the period 2007 to 2009, a time of intense mobilization and dramatic success. Through courageous action on a variety of fronts--from sit-ins at coal mines to blockades at big-city banks--the anti-coal movement succeeded in stopping over 100 power plant proposals, bringing the coal boom largely to a halt.
The fight to stop coal is a bright spot in the worldwide effort to fight global warming. The grassroots organizing methods developed by the anti-coal movement provide a positive example of ordinary people mobilizing, fighting, and winning.
Author: Ted Nace is the founder of CoalSwarm and the author of Gangs of America: The Rise of Corporate Power and the Disabling of Democracy (Berrett-Koehler, 2003, 2005).
Climate Hope: On the Front Lines of the Fight Against Coal
288 pages - trade paperback