What on earth is wrong with Larry Kissell?

With all the focus on health care, you may not also realize that the environmental community is in the biggest fight of the decade. The US House will vote on a landmark clean energy package today or tomorrow, an excellent piece of legislation called the American Clean Energy and Security Act.

As you can imagine, Big Coal is mounting a full-court press and several of key votes – Etheridge, Shuler, Watt, McIntyre – are rumored to be wavering at this time. It's my understanding that Larry Kissell is leaning toward voting no.

I hate to ask you to do this, but it's time to pick up the phone again. Call your representative today. Call Larry right now, too.

Kissell seems to think that most people in his district are against this bill. That's nonsense. Most people in his district don't even know the bill exists. And more to the point, what if they were? What if most people in his district were in favor of racial segregation? Would that mean he'd vote us back to the Jim Crow days?

Larry, we the people are paying you to think for yourself about important strategic issues. In this case, you seem to swallowing the lies of Big Energy as though they're quoting holy scripture. THEY ARE LYING. This legislation does not mean the sky is falling. It will not make the US less competitive. It will not export jobs to China. Don't believe the bullshit.

This legislation is a critical component of a new, forward-looking national energy policy. Please vote for it.


Okay people, make your voice heard.




McIntyre we've all come to expect, but Kissell?

McIntyre has never had a moral compass beyond pleasing the powerful.

But I think we all expected a little more out of Kissell. Faced with one of the biggest issues of our time, all he could muster was weak-kneed poll-gazing.

If Kissell was hoping for more generous fundraising and organizing help for his next election battle, I think he just discovered a fantastic way to convince many that they just shouldn't bother.

And yes, cheers to Shuler, Etheridge and the rest.

Does McIntire

still think he can win the Democratic primary for Senate in 2010? I don't think so.

Copenhagen, climate change, congressmen.

What I heard was that the rest of the world is watching this bill. The others from Kyoto Accords have made sacrifices and if the US is not able to make similar sacrifices, it will be a tough sell this December with the new accords.
So even though this is a flawed bill ,it is very very important to get it passed. And the feeling is that this bill will be improved over the next few years. Better to have something in place, and improve than to have to start from scratch.

I buy that,

I too am very flummoxed about Mr. Kissell. He did come across as well educated, open minded, uncorruptible. And this is a bill that would be hard to explain a no vote, unless you are afraid of big coal, big oil.

I gave him large gifts, I went to knock on doors, I made phone calls, I got others to call. Very disappointed, but I would not advise anger until he explains what his rationale is. I like to hope that he voted against it knowing it would pass, to avoid being target of Duke ENergy in his next run. That is just a guess, no evidence. But he always came across as pretty smart and honest.

We called his office and were told he would vote no.
To think that Heath Shuler voted to the center of Kissell says alot.


Thanks, Spanks, and Early Start on Senate

Thanks so much to everyone who placed calls into Representatives' offices last week. The environmental community will be thanking Butterfield, Etheridge, Miller, Price, Shuler, and Watt while they are in district this week and next. I hope you will stop by their district offices or call them to thank them for their support on this historic clean energy bill. We will also follow up with McIntyre and Kissell to express our disappointment; I encourage you to do the same.

But with Independence Day around the corner and healthcare in the Congressional hopper, we need to remain vigilant as this bill moves forward. Passing this bill through the House required the combined efforts of labor unions, environmental organizations, businesses, faith groups, and veterans, but the final vote was way too close for comfort. The same powerful coalition will continue to work together to strengthen and pass this bill in the Senate as it moves towards President Obama’s desk. We need your help as we start to reach out to Senator Hagan now. She needs to step up and be a leader on this important issue.