Green Senate candidate joins, in song and presence, anti-mountaintop removal protest in DC

The Mountain Party’s (that is, the West Virginia affiliate of the Green Party) candidate for US Senate Jesse Johnson participated today in an anti-mountaintop removal protest at the White House.  More than 100 people were arrested at the protest in an act of civil disobedience, although Johnson does not appear to be one of them.

From the Louisville, Kentucky Courier Journal:

The Green Party’s U.S. Senate candidate in West Virginia, Jesse Johnson, sang Crosby, Stills and Nash’s “Find the Cost of Freedom” and told the crowd that the coal industry wants “to erase our history” in Appalachia.

“When they tell you mountaintop removal means jobs — mountaintop removal kills jobs,” Johnson said.

You can listen to Johnson talking about the protest here – he is the only candidate in the race who is against mountaintop removal.

The event has drawn hundreds of anti-mountaintop removal activists and supports from all across the nation. The event was attended by noted climatologist Dr. James Hansen, authors Erik Reece and Silas House, Native American activist Matthew Sherman, country music star Big Kenny, and others. Johnson spoke to West Virginia Watchdog from in front of the White House, where activists had organized an act of civil disobedience.

Johnson is running against Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin, Republican John Raese, and Constitution Party candidate Jeff Becker. Both Manchin and Raese support mountaintop removal, while Johnson does not. Johnson was recently endorsed by former Congressman and Secretary of State Ken Hechler, who lost to Manchin in the August Democratic primary. Hechler was running on an anti-mountaintop removal platform.

9 thoughts on “Green Senate candidate joins, in song and presence, anti-mountaintop removal protest in DC

  1. 1mtnmama

    Kudos! Jesse Johnson, speak for the people of WV who CARE about the health of our state and our nation…and our children’s future! Be for the Mountains and the SAFE traditional mining, miners who have had jobs taken away since the late ’40’s by ‘mechanisms’ and now explosives…destroying the land of our ancestors, our flora and fauna, the headwaters! ABORTING life in our water before it has had an opportunity to flow, clear, crisp and clean down to our communities! Thank you!

  2. Doremus Jessup

    How can you say Johnson is the only candidate against mountaintop removal whan you haven’t heard from the Constitution Party candidate on this issue? Jesse might very well find that he has a good ally in this.

  3. '..... just look at the activists ' [Lake]

    We cannot let this level of corporate control go unchallenged.

    The commission will meet in Washington, D.C., on September 27 and 28. Public Citizen will be there to voice our concerns.

    Make sure the commission hears from you!

    BP is not going to make it right – and Congress is not going to fix the flawed policies that allowed BP to turn its nose up at safety and environmental standards that could have prevented the worst oil spill in our nation’s history – without sustained pressure from the public.

    ———- and Opeach Obama, my Yokohoma Momma will? Yes a ‘paper protest’ is needed. A public record is needed.

    But the wake up call the incumbents really pay attention to is defeat at the polls. Defeat the incumbents this November. Opeach Obama!

  4. Doremus Jessup

    Looks like he’s pretty much against it.

    http://crow.herald-dispatch.com/elections/candidate.php?id=707

    “What is your position on mountaintop removal mining?
    In my travels around our magnificent state, I have witnessed the devastating effects of this process. Erosion and overburden that ruins rivers and surrounding land interferes with the property rights of others. Our Creator commands us to be good stewards of the Earth. Unless completely self-contained, MTRM must be discouraged. “

  5. Ross

    You’re right. I’m not sure he’s totally against it. Here’s what he said:

    What is your position on mountaintop removal mining?
    In my travels around our magnificent state, I have witnessed the devastating effects of this process. Erosion and overburden that ruins rivers and surrounding land interferes with the property rights of others. Our Creator commands us to be good stewards of the Earth. Unless completely self-contained, MTRM must be discouraged.

    What does the federal government need to do to regulate the coal mining industry and ensure safety oversight of operations?
    Between MSHA, the Mine Act, Coal Act, NIOSH, the MINER Act, and MESA, the government has done quite enough to regulate mining. It is positive that coal mining injuries and accidents are thus on the decline. We must remember that mines are private property and workers have safety reporting rights.

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