[Updated at 2:30 p.m. July 30 with new truck locations.]
Can eating ice cream be a political statement?
It can this Wednesday and Thursday, July 30 and 31, when the Climate Reality Project brings free Ben & Jerry's ice cream to Pittsburgh.
We're one of four cities (along with Atlanta, Denver and Washington, D.C.) that are hosting Environmental Protection Agency hearings this week on the newly-proposed Clean Power Plan.
Climate Reality, as part of its I’m Too Hot campaign, is bringing Ben & Jerry's trucks to each city to dispense free ice cream and raise public awareness about the Clean Power Plan, which it is for, and global warming, which it is against.
The group's president and CEO Ken Berlin said in a release, "These EPA hearings are a crucial opportunity for people to let the EPA know they support the agency's efforts to reduce harmful carbon pollution, and we’ll be there to make sure our supporters don't get too hot."
The group says that if approved, "the EPA's Clean Power Plan would provide the first-ever national standards to limit the amount of carbon pollution existing power plants can produce – aiming to cut emissions by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The EPA estimates that the rule would provide significant economic and health benefits, including the prevention of 150,000 asthma attacks and 6,600 premature deaths annually by 2030 as well as the creation of 76,000 to 112,000 new jobs in 2025 by expanding the energy efficiency sector alone."
The plan is open for public comment until Oct. 16; ice-cream eaters will be encouraged to do so via social media and other means.
Find the trucks from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Market Square, Downtown, and on Thursday, July 31, at the William S. Moorhead Federal Building (1000 Liberty Ave.) from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at Carnegie Mellon University from 1:30 to 6 p.m.
The flavors: Cookie Dough and Chocolate Fudge Brownie.
Climate Reality Project images, the bottom from the rally in Atlanta.