About 20 members of the Green Party of Essex and Passaic Counties and the Sierra Club handed out fliers and recruited others in downtown Bloomfield to sign postcards opposing the power plant to be sent to Governor Christie and the state’s two U.S. senators.
“They’re trying to find all these ways to keep using coal,” said Ron DeStefano, 67, of Woodland Park, who donned a Santa outfit for the demonstration and held a poster reading “Celebrate the Earth / Go Green.”
Added Ruth Bauer Neustadter of Hackensack, who favors harnessing wind and solar power: “We just need to stop coal plants.”
The holiday-themed demonstration was the latest salvo in New Jersey environmental groups’ campaign against the PurGen project, a coal-fueled power plant in Linden proposed by the Massachusetts-based power plant developer SCS Energy LLC.
Organizers staged the event as part of a “Global Day of Action” with environmental groups around the world to coincide with a U.N. summit on climate change under way in Mexico.