350 Wesleyan takes on Lieberman’s office

Some Wes students went and made quite the ruckus over in Hartford. Check out this video of the 350 Wesleyan demonstration outside of Senator Lieberman’s office:

This Friday, Wesleyan students marched in Hartford to press Senator Joe Lieberman, key architect of the Senate climate change legislation, to protect the EPA’s authority and stabilize CO2 at no more than 350 ppm. By the end of the demonstration, the students had interacted with hundreds of people in downtown Hartford, passing out fliers and information, and the students extracted a promise from Lieberman’s staff that Senator Lieberman would personally view their 4-foot petition stating “For our economy, for our planet: Protect the EPA” signed by the march attendees.

Lieberman, along with senators Lindsay Graham and John Kerry, is currently in the process of forging bipartisan climate change legislation- which is great. However, in the process, he is making too many concessions to the nuclear and coal industries- which is not so great. The EPA’s authority to regulate emissions as specified in the Clean Air Act is a critical tool that needs to be preserved in order to punish coal-fired power plants, which contribute to one third of the US’s carbon emissions.

The demonstration has gotten coverage at It’s Getting Hot in Here, the Middletown Press, My Left Nutmeg, and Clean Energy for Connecticut

This is only the beginning. As the climate bill takes shape and becomes the top concern of the Senate, 350 Wesleyan hopes to unify climate change advocacy groups around Connecticut.

21 thoughts on “350 Wesleyan takes on Lieberman’s office

  1. sahm Post author

    @Pragmatist
    Thanks for being constructive and offering great alternative approaches! You are really critical and smart!

    The goal of this protest was not civil disobedience. By protesting in a PUBLIC place, the students were hoping to communicate with Lieberman. And they did. Lieberman’s aids came down and talked to the students, who gave them a bunch of materials on what we think proper climate change legislation should look like. Students were also able to talk to Lieberman’s primary aid on the issue. Both times they were assured that Lieberman would personally hear what they were saying.

  2. sahm

    @Pragmatist
    Thanks for being constructive and offering great alternative approaches! You are really critical and smart!

    The goal of this protest was not civil disobedience. By protesting in a PUBLIC place, the students were hoping to communicate with Lieberman. And they did. Lieberman’s aids came down and talked to the students, who gave them a bunch of materials on what we think proper climate change legislation should look like. Students were also able to talk to Lieberman’s primary aid on the issue. Both times they were assured that Lieberman would personally hear what they were saying.

  3. sahm

    @Pragmatist
    Thanks for being constructive and offering great alternative approaches! You are really critical and smart!

    The goal of this protest was not civil disobedience. By protesting in a PUBLIC place, the students were hoping to communicate with Lieberman. And they did. Lieberman’s aids came down and talked to the students, who gave them a bunch of materials on what we think proper climate change legislation should look like. Students were also able to talk to Lieberman’s primary aid on the issue. Both times they were assured that Lieberman would personally hear what they were saying.

  4. Pragmatist

    I really think this kind of protesting is tacky and INEFFECTIVE. Lieberman isn’t going to hear you that way. all you’re doing is making an ass of yourselves. I’m ashamed to see people wearing Wesleyan gear in that video. yes, go and bang on your cowbell and yell your little chant. and then have security haul your ass off. whoop dee doo. you accomplished so much. you were an activist. go shed a tear.

  5. Pragmatist

    I really think this kind of protesting is tacky and INEFFECTIVE. Lieberman isn’t going to hear you that way. all you’re doing is making an ass of yourselves. I’m ashamed to see people wearing Wesleyan gear in that video. yes, go and bang on your cowbell and yell your little chant. and then have security haul your ass off. whoop dee doo. you accomplished so much. you were an activist. go shed a tear.

  6. Pragmatist

    I really think this kind of protesting is tacky and INEFFECTIVE. Lieberman isn’t going to hear you that way. all you’re doing is making an ass of yourselves. I’m ashamed to see people wearing Wesleyan gear in that video. yes, go and bang on your cowbell and yell your little chant. and then have security haul your ass off. whoop dee doo. you accomplished so much. you were an activist. go shed a tear.

  7. H5N1

    first of all, let me say that if i were running an office building, i would not want chalk on the sidewalk in front; it is unprofessional no matter what your job is. further, it is their decision what to do on their property; for all the calls people make about rights and freedoms, they seem to forget about property rights an awful lot…

    second, no matter what a small group of protesters does, it is going to be economic and entrepreneurial forces instead of activist or regulatory ones which really dictate in which direction consumer and industrial demand move. sure, i support lower co2 emissions, and am not in favor of nuclear power, but i also don’t feel that events like these will do much at all. money talks, not college kids.

  8. H5N1

    first of all, let me say that if i were running an office building, i would not want chalk on the sidewalk in front; it is unprofessional no matter what your job is. further, it is their decision what to do on their property; for all the calls people make about rights and freedoms, they seem to forget about property rights an awful lot…

    second, no matter what a small group of protesters does, it is going to be economic and entrepreneurial forces instead of activist or regulatory ones which really dictate in which direction consumer and industrial demand move. sure, i support lower co2 emissions, and am not in favor of nuclear power, but i also don’t feel that events like these will do much at all. money talks, not college kids.

  9. H5N1

    first of all, let me say that if i were running an office building, i would not want chalk on the sidewalk in front; it is unprofessional no matter what your job is. further, it is their decision what to do on their property; for all the calls people make about rights and freedoms, they seem to forget about property rights an awful lot…

    second, no matter what a small group of protesters does, it is going to be economic and entrepreneurial forces instead of activist or regulatory ones which really dictate in which direction consumer and industrial demand move. sure, i support lower co2 emissions, and am not in favor of nuclear power, but i also don’t feel that events like these will do much at all. money talks, not college kids.

  10. Anders

    @Evan
    I’m quite confident that Rodgers was in total accord with you on the issue of Lieberman being an utterly heinous schmuck. However, I think Rodgers was implying that the EPA (under Obama as well) is not interested in true environmental protection. Rather, they are interested (sometimes, when we’re lucky) in curbing the most egregious practices without jeopardizing the fate of the industry.
    Let’s make one thing clear. There is no hope for a sustainable tomorrow so long as the coal industry exists. It is dishonest to suggest otherwise.
    @Chalmers
    Here here!

  11. Anders

    @Evan
    I’m quite confident that Rodgers was in total accord with you on the issue of Lieberman being an utterly heinous schmuck. However, I think Rodgers was implying that the EPA (under Obama as well) is not interested in true environmental protection. Rather, they are interested (sometimes, when we’re lucky) in curbing the most egregious practices without jeopardizing the fate of the industry.
    Let’s make one thing clear. There is no hope for a sustainable tomorrow so long as the coal industry exists. It is dishonest to suggest otherwise.
    @Chalmers
    Here here!

  12. Anders

    @Evan
    I’m quite confident that Rodgers was in total accord with you on the issue of Lieberman being an utterly heinous schmuck. However, I think Rodgers was implying that the EPA (under Obama as well) is not interested in true environmental protection. Rather, they are interested (sometimes, when we’re lucky) in curbing the most egregious practices without jeopardizing the fate of the industry.
    Let’s make one thing clear. There is no hope for a sustainable tomorrow so long as the coal industry exists. It is dishonest to suggest otherwise.
    @Chalmers
    Here here!

  13. Evan

    @Rodgers

    Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA currently has the ability to control and regulate old coal-fired power plants. Lieberman wants/wanted to override and compromise the EPA’s ability to do so. This is the specific ability that we (the people who marched on behalf of 350 Wesleyan) were trying to protect and the issue that we discussed with members of Lieberman’s Staff.
    It is true though, that previous important members (under Bush’s regime) had extremely strong ties to “big coal and industry” and certainly did not advocate against them. Which, frankly, is pretty fucked.

  14. Evan

    @Rodgers

    Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA currently has the ability to control and regulate old coal-fired power plants. Lieberman wants/wanted to override and compromise the EPA’s ability to do so. This is the specific ability that we (the people who marched on behalf of 350 Wesleyan) were trying to protect and the issue that we discussed with members of Lieberman’s Staff.
    It is true though, that previous important members (under Bush’s regime) had extremely strong ties to “big coal and industry” and certainly did not advocate against them. Which, frankly, is pretty fucked.

  15. Evan

    @Rodgers

    Under the Clean Air Act, the EPA currently has the ability to control and regulate old coal-fired power plants. Lieberman wants/wanted to override and compromise the EPA’s ability to do so. This is the specific ability that we (the people who marched on behalf of 350 Wesleyan) were trying to protect and the issue that we discussed with members of Lieberman’s Staff.
    It is true though, that previous important members (under Bush’s regime) had extremely strong ties to “big coal and industry” and certainly did not advocate against them. Which, frankly, is pretty fucked.

  16. Rodgers

    Way to fuck with those belligerent security/manager types. They had it coming.
    But “please protect the EPA?” ALL, the EPA has done is bend over backwards to satisfy big coal and industry more generally. If the EPA is not an ally and will never be.
    PROTECT US FROM THE EPA!

  17. Rodgers

    Way to fuck with those belligerent security/manager types. They had it coming.
    But “please protect the EPA?” ALL, the EPA has done is bend over backwards to satisfy big coal and industry more generally. If the EPA is not an ally and will never be.
    PROTECT US FROM THE EPA!

  18. Rodgers

    Way to fuck with those belligerent security/manager types. They had it coming.
    But “please protect the EPA?” ALL, the EPA has done is bend over backwards to satisfy big coal and industry more generally. If the EPA is not an ally and will never be.
    PROTECT US FROM THE EPA!

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