Group Plans Six-Day March From Fall River to Cape Cod to Protest Power Plant

The “Energy Exodus” will be a 60-mile adventure in support of clean energy solutions.

Activists will embark on a six-day march from Fall River to Cape Cod to highlight the need for alternative energy solutions, and call for the closure of a coal-powered plant in Somerset.

The 60-mile march, called the “Energy Exodus,” will begin at the Brayton Point power plant, which is the largest coal-fired power station in the region, and end in Hyannis, with marchers sleeping in tents, and staying in churches, during the six-day protest through part of the state.

According to the State House News Service, the “Energy Exodus” march will feature Iowa state Sen. Rob Hogg and target Bill Koch, an energy businessman aligned against the Cape Wind project planned for Nantucket Sound. Koch has bankrolled opposition to the Cape project, and called it “visual pollution.”

The march is being organized by students from Just and Stable Future, a New England-based organization campaigning for solutions to global climate disruption, and the Better Future Project.

According to members of the Energy Exodus:

This historic event will dramatize the urgency with which we must turn away from fossil fuels and march toward a future full of sustainable jobs, clean air, healthy communities, and local, renewable energy. Along the way we will rally, sing, learn, hatch new plans, and make new friends. And by the end of our journey, we will have gained so much more than 60 miles; we will have built our movement stronger than it’s ever been before, and will have shown the way to the safe clean energy future that we so desperately need to ensure a livable climate.

The group is starting at Brayton Point because they say it is one of the “the worst of the worst” for the environment when it comes to carbon pollution.

Dominion Energy, owners of the Brayton Point Power Station, located on 306 acres of land at the head of Narragansett Bay, claim it is one of New England’s “largest fossil-fueled generating facilities,” made up of four units that produce enough electricity to power 1.5 million homes, using low-sulfur coal, natural gas and fuel oil.

The 60-mile trek, which begins August 28, and ends on September 2, will travel along routes 6 and 6A and will include stops along the way at a “green jobs” rally in New Bedford, a meeting with the Friends of Fairhaven Wind, and a “Clean Planet Picnic Lunch” in Sandwich, according to reports. The march will end near the future home of the nation’s first-ever off-shore wind project, Cape Wind, on Nantucket Sound.

A recent protest outside of Brayton Point led to 45 arrests, after more than 350 people stood along the roadway demanding the plant be shutdown, and alternative solutions, such as wind energy, be adopted by the state.

Below is the route the group has planned for the six day walk:

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  • JustSomedude

    I agree that we need to find an alternative to fossil fuels, but these geniuses want to magically “turn away from fossil fuels and march toward a future full of sustainable jobs, clean air, healthy communities, and local, renewable energy and along the way, rally, sing, learn, hatch new plans, and make new friends”.

    At which end of the rainbow can we expect to find that?

    Based on capacity, Brayton Point can power about 1,530,000 homes, including many of their own (based on the net generating capacity = 1,537.6 megawatts).

    Cape Wind, if it ever gets built, will have a total capacity of 450 MW, (1/3 of Brayton Point) and it has been in “planning” for over ten years (Cape Cod’s own Big Dig??). Tell me how they plan to get two more wind projects of that size built?

    Maybe solar is the answer??? Not quite, since it takes approximately 2 acres of the solar panels to generate just 1 MW of power. As a comparison, if the entire Brayton Point plant was leveled and replaced
    with solar panels, the total capacity would be about 150 MW. So let’s just get ten more of those to replace the one you want to shut down since land is so cheap and readily available here in the northesast.
    That makes sense….

    Btw, in addition the Brayton Point plant employs about 190 people.

    Good Luck, idiots……. Stick to the sidewalks during your march, because I promise I’ll run your asses down with my F-350 if you block the street.