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  •  Starting a senate version (2+ / 0-)
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    Any suggestions on who might be tapped to get a parallel bill running in the Senate?  Dodd was very supportive when I contacted his staff earlier.

    •  Byrd scared Menendez off introducing it earlier (1+ / 0-)
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      And I don't blame Menendez. Byrd is the chair of appropriations, and could really punish Menendez, who is just a junior Senator. It would have been bad for the issue, and bad for Menendez.

      Byrd is a big big problem in the Senate.We also have a whole slew of western coal-state Dems we have to consider. Any ideas are welcome.

      Getting some comments out of Webb, Tester, Lautenburg, Kerry, Boxer, Clinton, Obama, etc would be really helpful as far as thinking where to start. Like I said...the real problem is Byrd.

      "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." Abe Lincoln

      by faithfull on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 03:47:41 PM PDT

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      •  It seems like (0+ / 0-)

        Byrd doesn't have that long to protect this mining process, but I guess he will hang on till he drops.  I'm good with that considering where we would have been last cycle without him, but since this is almost certainly his last term, I wish he would do the right thing on mountaintop removal.

        •  If Byrd snapped his fingers... (2+ / 0-)
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          ...he could end it.

          But there is almost no way to get around him while he still opposes it, unless he changes his mind. He still has that antiquated view that EVERYTHING in WV is coal, like it was 50 and 100 years ago. Tourism brings in just as much money now as coal does in WV, and there have been almost 90% job losses in WV mining because of the automation of labor. Mountaintop removal, by its nature, is meant to take the miner out of the mining. It is used specifically because it employs less people. Its a shame. I wonder if we can get to Byrd yet.

          "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." Abe Lincoln

          by faithfull on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 04:15:35 PM PDT

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        •  Byrd (2+ / 0-)
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          is a lost cause on this issue.

          When my boss Joe Lovett won his first mountaintop removal lawsuit (involving the stream buffer zone) and the federal judge shut down mountaintop removal mining, Byrd tried to use his power in the Senate to attach a rider to the budget that would overturn the court's ruling legislatively.  

          It was at that moment that I decided to quit my job, go to law school, move back to West Virginia, and work on this issue.  I recognized then that with Byrd in the Senate, legislative change would be nearly impossible and that the courts were (and are) our best hope.

    •  Jeff Bingaman? (1+ / 0-)
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      •  Sorry the boss walked in ;-) (1+ / 0-)
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        faithfull

        As you know, Bingaman is great on the environment and i have a good friend on his staff.  

        •  Worth seeing how he feels about it (0+ / 0-)

          I think we'd get toasted on his Committee (Energy and Natural Resources), but it'd be great to send it to Boxer's Environment and Public Works Committee. Will you work your magic and see if you can see where Bingaman is on this?

          "If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." Abe Lincoln

          by faithfull on Tue Oct 16, 2007 at 03:55:16 PM PDT

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