Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Monsters' Ball

While Greta Thunberg and others rallied at the UN this week to demand that nations finally get serious about climate change, another group calling itself the Southern State Energy Board was gathering to defend fossil fuels, including coal, while Trump was still in the White House busy undoing every environmental regulation he possibly can.

The energy board is comprised of governors and lawmakers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The meeting's agenda largely reflected the sentiments of its host, Bevin, a businessman-turned-politician who is up for reelection as Kentucky's governor in November. He has a confrontational style like President Donald Trump, who has campaigned for him.

"What we grew up with as weather is now climate change, and a cause for alarm," the Kentucky governor said Tuesday.

...Only one other southern governor attended, Oklahoma's Kevin Stitt, another businessman-turned-politician. 
"Weather changes, yes," Stitt said. "It doesn't mean it's an existential threat. What does that even mean?" 
Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon came as a guest. His state tops the nation in coal production, and he called for policies to "reinvigorate old coal plants to be part of the climate solution," without elaborating. 
Kentucky lawmaker Jim Gooch, a Republican, talked about cracking down on pipeline protesters. He defended a bill he filed that would make acts of civil disobedience against pipeline operations in Kentucky a felony. It would be like a wave of similar laws passed by other states that critics say block free speech. 
"So much of the people who are protesting are so emotional," Gooch said. "It can get violent. We can't have that."


Lorne said...

Such profound ignorance and avarice make one despair, Mound, but these people only have power because they keep getting elected. At the risk of seeming simplistic, ultimately who is to blame but the people themselves?

the salamander said...

.. I hope Jason Kenney and Andrew Scheer were able to attend as guests
They would have felt right at home, among these louts, sellouts, losers ..

The Mound of Sound said...

It's the 'South' Lorne. But, as Sal points out, we've got plenty of that type right here at home.