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60-Mile, Clean Energy March

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By Dana Griffin

dgriffin@abc6.com

FALL RIVER, MA- Protesters are on a 60–mile march from a Fall River power plant to the future site of the nation's first off–shore wind farm, near Cape Cod.

Today, crowds chanted, "Ain't no power like the power of the people, and the power of the people don't stop."

For the next six days, nearly 100 people are walking in protest of the Brayton Coal and Gas Plant. They're urging the governor to shut it down.

"Climate change is real and the more we continue to burn fossil fuels at facilities like Brayton Point here behind me, the more we're going to see super storms like Sandy, and Irene," said march organizer, Craig Altemose.

Brayton Point is the largest fossil fuel power plant in New England. Cape Wind will be the nation's first offshore clean energy wind farm.

People of all ages rallied Wednesday morning, many of them parents.

Vanessa Rule sad, "Kids can't speak for themselves so it's really important that we stand up and advocate on their behalf."

"My kids are my future and if they have no future, then nothing else matters," said Kenneth Holloway.

Dominion, the owner of Brayton Point issued this statement.  It reads in part: "While we certainly respect their right to express their opinion, we don't agree with them. Brayton point power station is in compliance with all environmental regulations...."

Cape Wind construction will begin the end of this year and be completed by 2016.

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