“I’ve been a supporter of yours since your first race, but it’s time to put the health of the planet ahead of short-term profits,” read a statement from Chris Prokosch of Floyd, Virginia. “The coal industry will have to clean up sooner or later – later may be too late for all of us.” CCAN
I’ve been a supporter too of Rick Boucher since his first race in the 70’s and proud of a lot of what he’s done for Southwest Virginia. I’m not proud of his appeasement of Big Coal. Neither were the 15 who were arrested in protesting his decisions in favor of his financiers and against coal communities and their mountains, against their future and ours. Shame on you, Rick. This is no way to finish off an otherwise admirable career as public servant.
CCAN director Mike Tidwell, a Grist contributor, was among those arrested. “This is a climate mugging of the American people,” said Tidwell before his arrest. “Waxman-Markey is becoming a coal industry welfare bill.” (See Grist’s breakdown of where green groups stand on the bill.)
A spokesperson for the organization said the protest, which comes on the last day of debate of the Waxman-Markey bill in the Energy and Commerce Committee, is not really about the bill itself or the markup process to date.
“It’s really a statement about Boucher and the leadership he has assumed in gutting the bill and giving billions of dollars to polluters,” CCAN communications director Anne Havemann told Grist after the protest. Grist