Fossil Fuel Corruption Shown In ‘Vote’ To Restore FERC Quorum

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Note: Beyond Extreme Energy has been focused on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which is the oil and gas industry disguised as a federal agency, seeking to prevent their consistent approval of oil and gas infrastructure. FERC has been unable to act because  it did not have a quorum. BXE has been conducting a campaign to prevent commissioners from being approved by the senate. But, this week in a phony vote, described below, the senate approved two commissioners which brought FERC back to quorum. This will result in the approval of large fossil fuel infrastructure projects that will destroy families, farms and communities and put the US on track to add more climate change gases to the environment. Scientists are reporting we must stop building fossil fuel infrastructure because climate change is barreling down on the Earth and we need to end our addiction to fossil fuels. KZ

BXE’s Statement on the Restoration of FERC’s Quorum

Standing alone in the Well of the Senate on Thursday night, just after 6pm and moments before the Senate adjourned for August recess, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski committed a deft coup d’etat on behalf of the oil and gas industry. The vote to confirm Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) was anything but un-controversial, and was a serious breach of regular order.

Just hours earlier, seven activists were arrested in front of Senator Chuck Schumer’s office. They had refused to leave until the Minority Leader spoke out about the dangers of FERC nominees and an energy bill that would dramatically expand FERC’s powers. The activists, including several of Schumer’s constituents, had delivered a letter backed by more than 30,000 comments of support asking him to vote no on FERC nominees and no on the energy bill. Hours later, Schumer and every member of the Democratic Caucus, including 3 senators who had previously voted against the nominees in committee, stood silent as Murkowski rammed through the nominations on a voice vote with no other members present, no accountability, and no opportunity for citizens to call or contact their senators to voice concerns.

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For years, we’ve worked to expose and fight FERC’s corruption, the harms it inflicts on communities and the climate,  its ties to the gas industry,  and its arcane procedures that shut out the public and empower corporations. Senators like Schumer, Cardin, Warner, Whitehouse, Sanders, Hirono and Merkley have sympathized and offered statements of support. On Thursday night, August 3rd, when it actually mattered, they stood aside and let violence be done on our communities. As we warned Senator Schumer, they must now expect our growing rebellion. We cannot forgive and will not forget this utter betrayal, and pledge outright resistance in every way we can peacefully muster it to stop FERC from meeting, rubber stamping permits and engaging in further communicide.

–Drew Hudson and the Beyond Extreme Energy crew

  • Aquifer

    “Senators like Schumer, Cardin, Warner, Whitehouse, Sanders, Hirono and
    Merkley have sympathized and offered statements of support. On Thursday
    night, August 3rd, when it actually mattered, they stood aside and let
    violence be done on our communities.”

    I asked in a comment on an article the other day “Where was Bernie?”

    Now we know …

    So what else is new …