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Last updated on Tuesday, April 1, 2008
(INDIANAPOLIS) - What was billed as a big environmental rally at the statehouse ended up more of an April Fools’ bellyflop.
"Fossil Fools Day" was touted as part of a day of coordinated protest in five countries, demanding action against climate change. In Indianapolis, just 16 people showed up, most of them well after the planned 11:00am start.
Citizens Action Coalition Executive Director Grant Smith blames the chilly weather, and the increasing use of email and other web-based communication -- he says that's made it harder to get people to turn out in person for rallies. He says it doesn't make the issue of climate change less significant -- he says a survey of 600 CAC members found three-quarters of them want aggressive action against global warming.
Protesters had planned to criticize Indiana's continued reliance on coal-fired plants, including a new coal-gasification plant in Edwardsport. That project has divided environmental groups, with some praising it as a cleaner energy source.
A second protest was scheduled at Vectren headquarters in Evansville.
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