Archive for July, 2009
He also spoke with Nigel Coleman of the Danville Tea Party who ran into similar dififculties this past weekend down south. Here is a link to the podcast of that interview.
Congressman Tom Perriello
313 2nd Street, SE
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Dear Congressman Perriello:
I thank you for your letter of July 15, 2009 and the ACES Fact Sheet.
You state that “Americans have had no choice…but to send our hard-earned dollars overseas to petro-dictators, who are enemies of our great nation.” Do you consider Canada and Mexico to be enemies of the U.S.? Perhaps you are not aware that our oil imports from Canada and Mexico total twice those from third place Saudi Arabia.
Americans had expressed their choice last year by strongly supporting off shore oil exploration and drilling, including Virginia. Your Democratic Party cohorts have repeatedly blocked attempts to develop our domestic oil energy resources. It is those actions which force Americans to send our dollars abroad. It is those actions which send thousands of potential oil exploration and oil refining American jobs elsewhere. These actions by the Democratic Party have taken away choice from Americans.
You claim that this ACES legislation shifts dollars from our “enemies”…and gives us a competitive advantage over China and India.” Please let me know what is the “next generation of technology” and when is it scheduled to come on line and in what quantity. At present the U.S. generates over 50% of its electricity from coal, not oil. Wind and solar contribute 1-2%. Meanwhile, while you offer the promise of some future, magical form of “energy independence”, the Chinese are helping finance the development of one of the largest offshore oil fields, the Tupi field of Brazil. Brazil is famous for its beautiful beaches, and yet they have the confidence to drill for oil while you put our offshore fields off limits. There were reports last year that the Chinese had approached Cuba with an offer to drill off the coast there, close to Florida. By using modern slant drilling techniques, they could siphon off our own offshore oil. China may or may not be “racing for the next generation of energy technology”, but they are smart enough to utilize current technology, both oil and coal.
Sprinkling some federal dollars around in Virginia for biofuels will aid the lucky individuals who qualify. However, the goal of making America as a whole energy independent is not going to be powered by manure.
You mention nuclear energy as one of the energy sources “we can produce in our region.” Would you please make a clear and unequivocal public statement that you fully support nuclear power plant construction and will work to remove the impediments thrown up by environmentalist organizations? Please make it clear to the Sierra Club, both locally and nationally, that you want nuclear power. The expansion of the North Anna Nuclear power plant by Dominion Power has been attacked by the environmentalists. Just this past week, the Sierra Club has filed legal objections to the expansion of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant in Tennessee. The next time I meet the local Sierra Club president, I will be please to let him know of your strong support for nuclear power here in Virginia.
What is “clean energy”? Is that a code expression for non-carbon dioxide producing energy sources? Manmade carbon dioxide has been blamed for global warming and/or climate change. Are you aware that all four global temperature monitoring agencies have documented a ten year global temperature plateau, and six plus years of global cooling, in spite of increases in carbon dioxide emissions? There is no positive correlation between the two. The term “climate change” is itself an oxymoron as no one can claim a time when the climate has not changed. The famous American climatologist, Edward Lorenz, wrote a paper in 1964 questioning if such a thing as a (stable) climate even exits.
It is a puzzle to me that you claim to have read the entire H.R. 2454 bill, including the midnight 300 page addition, and yet your letter to me states that the act “represents a victory over the oil companies.” The final bill is widely acknowledged, even by environmentalists, to be riddled with special exemptions for oil and coal interests. An army of industry lobbyists (I thought that President Obama had promised to eliminate these influence brokers.) spent weeks crafting the bill to favor their clients. The final bill will have an infinitesimal impact on global temperatures by 2050.
You mention “border adjustments on imports from polluting nations.” This is a transparent euphemism for import duties. Advocating restrictive tariffs and a potential trade wars is an odd policy position by you, if you wish to improve America’s international trade success.
Charles Battig, M.D.
Danville TEA Party leaders thrown off property at Perriello
town hall event, then tailed by unmarked police car
BLAIRS, Va. – Danville TEA Party leaders Nigel Coleman and Bobby Conner Saturday attended a local town hall meeting featuring two presidential cabinet members and hosted by Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Va., where they were refused an opportunity to ask the congressman a question and were then told by a plainclothes policeman to leave the property after they attempted to hold up signs urging Perriello to vote against a government takeover of healthcare. The TEA Party activists peacefully complied, but say an unmarked police car then followed them to a local restaurant where an officer left his vehicle, walked over to their cars, and phoned in their license plate numbers.
The event was held on a privately-owned farm in Blairs, Va. and featured Perriello, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, and Energy Secretary Tom Vilsack, all of whom talked about creating “green” jobs and the recent Cap and Trade bill.
“First, I was disappointed that Congressman Perriello refused to take hard questions from his constituents about where he stands on Nancy Pelosi’s trillion-dollar socialized medicine scheme,” Coleman said. “But I was outraged by the intimidation tactics we then experienced after merely attempting to ask him a question and, after being denied that chance, tryng to hold up some signs urging him to vote against a government takeover of America’s health care system.”
“This is another reason taxpayers are angry at our federal government, their treating citizens who are simply exercising our Constitutional free speech rights as if we’re terrorists,” Coleman said.
Conner said, “We have the right as Americans — without suffering intimidation tactics by police — to personally ask our congressman why he voted for the Cap and Trade energy tax increase that he admits he never read, and whether he’ll vote for the trillion-dollar Obama-Pelosi healthcare bill.”
Coleman and Connor are the Danville TEA party organizers who organized two recent TEA party rallies, one on July 4th and another on July 17th at Perriello’s Danville office to protest the upcoming socialized healthcare bill.
Coleman said that TEA Party activists this summer will pressure Perriello to vote against government-controlled healthcare “over the phone, by mail, at his district offices, or on his front doorstep, if necessary, starting right now.”
Story courtesy of Gerald Adams
Once again Congressman Perriello chooses to ignore a group of people he is suppose to represent. Sixty plus people showed up at the congressman’s office to speak with him about their concerns in respect to government run health care. It seems the congressman is only interested in meeting with those who have the same views as he does. His constant, never ending campaign is growing tiresome, his main goal seems to be whatever works for Tom, to hell with the people of the fifth district.
With the exception of being ignored by One Term Tom I felt that the rally went well. I was very pleased with the turnout and it was great to hear from the different people who stepped up to speak. Overall I felt that it was a great way to get the word out about our health care forum Monday night at Lane Auditorium.
An interesting moment came towards the end of the event when the police relayed the message that we would have to break up the rally or be arrested for trespassing. It seems that two phone calls were made to the police complaining that we were disturbing customers, although I thought we kept the parking lot open and did not block any access to the businesses. We of course immediately broke up the rally. However I belatedly heard that one of the complaints may have come from the congressman’s office. If I would have known this at the time I would have been spending the evening at the local lock up. I cannot believe that a group of Americans who are expressing their rights to free speech would be harassed because they don’t agree with their representatives views.
We are currently trying to verify who made the phone calls, we know who made one but are not absolutely sure about the second one. If as we suspect the call came from the congressman’s office we will certainly be in for some interesting times.
Congressmsn Perriello’s staff has been contacted to let them know that we would be at his Charlottesville office Friday afternoon to state our concerns about the pending health care legislation. I spoke with his scheduler Jay Tansey about the Congressman’s availability for that afternoon, I was told that there was a good chance that Mr. Perriello might make it to Charlottesville depending on his voting schedule that day. I emailed details to the office this past Monday and am still waiting for a confirmation. With all the grief the Congressman was given over his cap and trade I wonder if he will really show up for our “town hall meeting”. Jay Tansey is new to his staff and when I spoke with him about meeting with the Congressman he may have been unaware of who we were, so I am thinking that after he spoke with Mr. Perriello his Friday schedule may “tightened” up a bit. Whether he is there or not we will show up to make a strong statement advising him to vote against government run health care.
This gathering will be a great warm up for our Health Care Forum that is being held at Lane Auditorium this coming Monday night the 2oth at 7 PM. More detailed information can be found lower down on this page. I look forward to seeing many of you on both Friday and Monday.
On Friday July17th we will once again be meeting at Congressman Tom Perriello’s Charlottesville office at 313 2nd Street SE. We will gather at 4 PM to express to the Congressman our desire for him to vote against the Democrat sponsored Health Care Bill that will soon be coming to the House Floor.
This bill may be even more important then the Cap and Trade Bill that was recently passed. The people of the 5th District did an excellent job of calling the Congressman’s office before that vote but unfortunately were ignored. Therefore I feel that we need to make a more public statement when it comes to opposing this Health Care Legislation. We were able to get 125 to 150 people on 4 days notice at the Cap and Trade protest. I would like to see 200 to 300 people at this one. This is a nationally coordinated event and protests like this will be occurring at congressional and senate offices throughout the country. We had a great turn out for the 4th and this is a good opportunity to keep up the momentum. I am contacting Mr. Perriello’s office to let them know that we will be there that afternoon and are requesting the Congressman’s presence. At the very least maybe we can get Mr. Perriello to promise to read this bill before voting on it.
This event will be a great way to promote our July 20th Health Care Forum. The public needs to be aware of how Nationalized Health Care will affect their lives. It is only through education that we are able to make the correct decisions in regard to voting for our representatives and understanding their stances on issues.
See you there on the July 17.