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.
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.