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  •  I agree that we need to speak out. (5+ / 0-)

    And I agree that President Obama can lead on this issue.  It's the timing that concerns me.  Right now, President Obama is trying to get a health care bill and an cap-and-trade energy bill through the Senate.  The disagreement on the energy bill is more regional than partisan.  While I agree this method of coal mining is abhorrent, his taking a public stand on that right now would likely solidify the regional opposition to his energy bill.

    So the question we have to ask ourselves is whether taking a stand on mountaintop removal mining now is worth sacrificing the entire energy bill ... because that might well be the political cost of that stand.  I'm not saying it is or it isn't.  I'm simply saying that's part of President Obama's calculus here.

    Good morning, Ken! ::hugggggggggs::

    •  You damn right its worth it... (4+ / 0-)

      It could be argued that with the increased use of coal, we will not win the war against global warming. Kill the energy bill if we can't stop coal. Then take to the streets to stop it. Folks here successfully lobbied against the conversion of some energy plants to coal in Louisiana. We have to fight this at THE STREET AND OFFICE LEVEL. Blogging about it isn't going to be enough.

    •  Byrd and Rockefeller (2+ / 0-)
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      Mollohan, Rahall and Republican Capito will never vote for the energy bill, even with its substantial give-aways to the coal industry.

      "I have never missed Hunter S. Thompson, George Carlin and Abbie Hoffman more than I do today."

      by wv voice of reason on Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 07:37:25 AM PDT

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      •  Bingo. But it's sad that Jay doesn't (2+ / 0-)

        position himself as the deciding vote. Or at least a decisive Senate vote. After all, he's not on the ballot here again until 2014.

        At least his statement about the clean energy bill was less categorical than Senator Byrd's.

        We'll see just how politically astute Rockefeller is as this one plays out.

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