Environmentalists Follow Through On Threats To Target Trump’s Energy Nominees

Environmentalists burst into a Senate hearing Thursday to protest President Donald Trump’s nominees to lead the agency responsible for regulating U.S. pipelines.

Anti-pipeline protesters interrupted members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee while they heard testimonies from the three nominees chosen to head the agency tasked with regulating the country’s pipeline infrastructure.

Trump nominated Neil Chatterjee and Robert Powelson to fill gaps at Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which lost a key commission member earlier this year, preventing the agency from acquiring a quorum on contentious natural gas pipelines. Senators are also questioning Dan Brouillette, Trump’s nominee for deputy secretary at the Department of Energy.

The protests were part of a months-long campaign targeting the agency that activists believe is responsible for approving projects they believe cause global warming.

“I am compelled to interrupt this because I have seen the destruction that climate change causes,” a woman shouted at West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin while he was questioning Chatterjee.

A campaign to target whoever the president nominated was announced in March expressly to “spotlight the growing national opposition” to new FERC appointments, according to a media advisory explaining the new campaign.

Protesters at Thursday’s congressional hearing chanted anti-FERC slogans.

“FERC hurts families! Shut FERC down,” another protester, while another activist chained himself to a chair, which was later removed along with him. The senators and nominees ignored the disruptions, either trying to speak over the protesters or waiting until they were out.

Trump elevated a member to head FERC shortly after taking the White House, causing the demoted member to retire and leaving the committee with only two panelists. Trump’s nominees are pegged to add a one lost member and replace the outgoing Obama-appointed chairman.

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    Amber

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    Do these people actually have jobs or are part of a whole industry of intervener activists
    who get paid by utility rate payers ?
    Pipelines don’t get built unless end users have decided cave dweller isn’t for them .
    Conserve energy and build nukes .
    Why don’t utilities offer a planet saver service for those concerned citizens who are prepared to put their money where their mouth is ? Let’s see how many members of the climate church want to pay for bird blender power ? Intermittent, and 3 times the price. Why should the rest of us support a church we don’t belong to .
    Yes it’s been warming and climate changes too . The deniers are the clowns who think humans are going to set the earth’s thermostat by tweaking a plant food
    (CO2) representing a fraction of 1% of the atmosphere . Positive feedback
    sadly over exaggerated as scientifically proven by comparing actual data to grossly exaggerated science fiction models of doom . Yeah there is no debate .
    It’s the world’s largest over blown scam . Anyone prefer global cooling can move to Antarctica where it might warm up to – 46 and you could live another 15 minutes
    in you briefs .
    Funny how so many off the global warming preachers love their sunny warm ocean front mansions . No Antarctica for them .
    Punt the Paris Pledge and quit wasting tax payers money on a fraud asks the Church Of Common Sense .

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      GaryD

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      I hope Americans wake up in time.

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      GaryD

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      It might be too late for the rest of the world.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Nothing but a bunch of dirty,filthy,maggot infested disgusting smelly bunch of Tree Huggers,Granola bar munching gaia worshiping lowlife stink holes who all should be sent to the wilds of Alaska to live lets see mthese idiots get a look at nature in the raw not the kind they see in their crappy movies like AVATAR,NORM OF THE NORTH,FERNGULLY, or something like that real nature would scare the veggie burgers out of them

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    Spurwing Plover

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    These enviromentalists radicals all need to be arrested put on a highway clean up crew picking up the messes like Granola bar wrappers orange rinds,apple cores veggieburger wrappers planting trees building birdhouses and making themselves into useful stewarts if the earth instead of trouble making pests

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    Amber

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    Mr. Trump didn’t get to where he is by following the crowd or being coerced by group think . Let the G6 wreck their economies over an overblown hoax .
    Climate changes and humans are not about to take over Mother Natures 6 billion year job despite goofy climate model projections that are proven to fail the scientific method test .
    Mr. Trump correctly assessed the situation as if Al Gore pushing the narrative wasn’t enough already .

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