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For a decade, citizen activists have been standing up to Edison International and calling for the plants to close. Today, the campaign reached a historic victory - the Fisk coal plant in Pilsen will shut down in 2012 and the Crawford coal plant in Little Village will shut down by 2014.
Let's all take a deep (and soon to be cleaner) breath. The people won. When communities come together and confront corporate power, we can achieve incredible things. This is a historic victory for the people of Chicago, who have demonstrated that grassroots activism is more powerful than the special interests of corporate polluters.
The Fisk and Crawford coal plants have loomed over the City of Chicago for a hundred years, fueling climate change and exposing families to dangerous levels of soot, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen oxide. After a groundbreaking ten-year grassroots campaign to shut down these archaic plants, Chicagoans have reclaimed their right to clean air.
Greenpeace is proud to have worked alongside the Clean Power Coalition to hold Edison International accountable for operating some of the oldest and dirtiest coal plants in the country. This campaign was rooted in the hard work and persistence of community activists throughout Chicago. We hope other communities across the country will find new inspiration today to stand up for their right to clean air and a safe climate.
By agreeing to close these plants, Edison International took an important step toward living up to its own rhetoric of clean energy leadership. As Edison executives consider the fate of their entire coal fleet, we hope they will consider the health and well being of communities throughout Illinois.