Posted in Global Warming, tagged astroturf, cap and trade, citizen, climate change bill, costs, Energy Citizen, energy legislation, gas prices, greensboro, jobs, Jon Cornyn, kay bailey hutchinson, labor, north carolina, north carolina conservation network, Public Citizen, Senator Cornyn, Senator Hutchinson, taxes, Texas on August 21, 2009 |
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Kudos to the North Carolina Conservation Network for rallying the troops for a real grassroots protest outside of today’s Energy Citizen company picnic in Greensboro. Fifty protesters turned out to show their support for clean energy and green jobs development, NCCN reports:
Local folks gathered on the sidewalks surrounding the coliseum to make sure that voices in support of federal action on energy were heard. While a drum corps provided the entertainment, the citizen-activists held signs and banners calling on Senator Kay Hagan (North Carolina) to support efforts in the US Senate to pass strong clean energy and climate legislation this year.
State Representative Pricey Harrison (from Greensboro) was there as well as representatives from clean energy businesses, labor and faith communities. State Representative Harrison along with U.S. Representative Howard Coble attempted to enter the event. While Representative Coble was allowed entry, Representative Harrison (who represents the district in which the event was held) was denied access. Also allowed into the event were activists from FreedomWorks, a right-wing group that has ties to big business and the oil industry.
Rep. Coble was invited inside because he voted against the American Clean Energy and Security Act, but Rep. Harrison (who voted for it) was denied entry. How completely ridiculous. At least the “Energy Citizens” American Petroleum Institute has wised up enough to let their supporters from FreedomWorks inside — looks like they learned their lesson from the Houston rally, where anti-cap and trade activists were rudely turned from the door for trying to bring in American flags.
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Posted in Campaign Finance, Energy, Global Warming, tagged astroturf, cap and trade, citizen, climate change bill, costs, Energy Citizen, energy legislation, gas prices, jobs, Jon Cornyn, kay bailey hutchinson, labor, Public Citizen, Senator Cornyn, Senator Hutchinson, taxes, Texas on August 20, 2009 |
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Even though we were denied access, our intrepid Citizen Sarah was able to blend in with a crowd walking in and starting talking to energy company employees about climate change legislation. You know, Energy Company Employees Can Say the Darndest Things:
- Global Warming Deniers!
- People Who Have NO IDEA What is actually in the American Clean Energy & Security Act!
- Misrepresentations about the bill–and our energy policy and energy sector– all spouted back like they got the memo of Big Oil’s talking points!
- And…. a guy from a natural gas company who really understands what made the climate bill bad: too much special interest influence and lobbying! (irony, much? But he does have a point….)
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Posted in Global Warming, tagged astroturf, cap and trade, citizen, climate change bill, costs, Energy Citizen, energy legislation, gas prices, jobs, Jon Cornyn, kay bailey hutchinson, labor, Public Citizen, Senator Cornyn, Senator Hutchinson, taxes, Texas, unemployment, waxman-markey on August 20, 2009 |
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The Energy Citizens’ rallies company picnics, such as the one we crashed yesterday in Houston, have been getting a lot of attention through the Netroots, in national publications, and even last night on Rachel Maddow (where one of our videos was featured, even if credit was not given — no worries this time Rach, we love you anyway).
Though the Netroots has gotten the message loud and clear: these are really just company picnics, not uprisings of real grassroots support, there has still been some hedging on the part of the traditional media — who is still reporting that “many of the people attending the demonstration were employees of oil companies who work in Houston and were bused from their workplaces.”
But the truth is that the Houston rally was attended ONLY by energy company employees and retirees (at least that’s the way they wanted it). It’s no big surprise that a few rabble-rousing enviros were kicked out, but when even those that oppose cap and trade were turned away– that should raise major red flags about the true nature of these events. This isn’t even Astroturf anymore, this is asphalt.
But don’t take my word for it, listen to the anti-cap and trade folks from Freedom Works that were from yesterday’s rally:
Or watch the higher quality version on Vimeo:
Here is another guy we caught up with outside who was also barred from entering– he
called it “a circus” and “a county fair”.
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Posted in Global Warming, tagged carbon credits, climate change, climate change bill, climate change legislation, Coal, Democracy Now!, emissions, giveaways, greenhouse gasses, house energy and commerce, industry, Nuclear, oil, Public Citizen, tyson slocum on May 22, 2009 |
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As expected, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved climate change legislation last night and sent it along in the legislative process. We strongly urge lawmakers to make major overhauls to this bill or go back to the drawing board.
The problem? Oil, coal and nuclear industries had far too much say in its shaping, and it shows.
Now more than ever, Public Citizen needs you to tell your representatives that climate change legislation should not be weakened by the corrupting influence of big money.
Those who say this bill is the best the legislative process can produce are wrong: The American people demanded strong climate legislation, and polluters are subverting these goals.
Public Citizen supports strong, effective climate legislation, but this bill won’t achieve it. We can talk about hoping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly, but this bill won’t do it.
It creates a legal right to pollute for industries and gives away credits for free to allow companies to meet those targets without having to pay for them. That is not going to spur the kind of investments we need.
We must act fast to influence lawmakers to fix this piece of legislation. Please take action so that our voices can be heard loud and clear over those of the oil, coal and nuclear industries.
For more information about the climate change bill and how it needs to be fixed, visit our Web site and watch Tyson Slocum explain Public Citizen’s position in an interview on Democracy Now!
Take action today, and let your representatives know you want them to put interests of consumers above those of the energy industries.
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