Gore Calls for Civil Disobedience Vs. Coal
Says world is losing climate change battle
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2008 7:28 AM CDT
The Schwarze Pumpe coal power plant in Germany is the world's first coal fired plant ready to capture and store its own CO2 emissions.    (AP Photo/Matthias Rietschel)
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(Newser) – Earth defender Al Gore is calling for a campaign of civil disobedience and protest to halt construction of 48 coal plants that lack the technology to capture and store carbon, Reuters reports. "If you're a young person looking at the future of this planet, I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience," Gore declared to loud applause at a Clinton Global initiative gathering in New York.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner characterized as "stock fraud" energy company expenditures to downplay the risks of climate change, and warned that the world "has lost ground to the climate crisis." Currently, 28 coal plants are under construction in the US. Another 20 projects are planned. Carbon-capture technology would keep greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere, but would likely increase costs by as much as 50%.