I hate it when cool and/or important things happen right under my nose that I don’t even know about… I’m not sure how it happened, but there was apparently a big protest outside Congressman Dingell’s office here in Ypsi a few days ago. I can’t really tell from the photo montage, but it looks like there might have been as many as a dozen people outside of his office, demanding that he take a more active leadership role with regard to global warming. They even had someone in what looks like a homemade dinosaur costume. Here’s the message from MoveOn that alerted me to it.
We wanted to fill you in on the latest from our campaign to push Rep. John Dingell to move on the climate crisis.
Congressman Dingell has a long history of leading on many issues. But he’s one of the key people holding up attempts to increase fuel efficiency in our cars–despite our looming climate crisis and studies that show a fuel efficient industry would create more jobs. Things came to a head this week when key legislation to stop global warming was held up in the committee Dingell chairs.
Given the urgency of the situation, MoveOn members in your district and around the country sprang into action. First, we supported a radio ad that used humor to make the point that Dingell’s energy views were stuck in the past.
Then, MoveOn members rallied at Rep. Dingell’s office on Wednesday to deliver the message in person. With dinosaur balloons and a member in a dinosaur suit to indicate how out of date Rep. Dingell’s stance is, we delivered a letter asking the Congressman to lead by including fuel efficiency and support for clean alternatives in the final bill.
At the office, our members came face to face with United Auto Workers who had turned out to support Rep. Dingell’s stance against fuel economy. The two groups talked about their differences and made plans to get together in the future. MoveOn members were loud and clear that good environmental protections can mean more jobs, and we want both. Here’s what MoveOn folks had to say:
“If there had been gas efficiency standards enacted in the ’70s,” said [MoveOn member] Jane Michener, “the auto industry would be in great shape, and the union members wouldn’t be losing their jobs to Toyota.”
I don’t know that one thing can be attributed to the other, but on Wednesday, following this protest, Dingell announced that he supported legislation that would reduce greenhouse gases by up to 80% by 2050. It’s not much, but at least it’s a first step in the right direction… According to MoveOn, this demonstration was carried out by an Ypsilantian by the name of Bob Brothers. If you know him, pat him on the back, buy him a beer, or give him a big, wet, sloppy kiss on the lips. (Ask him which he would prefer first.)