There are many words that could be used to describe many modern day conservatives of the Republican breed and, in rarer cases, the Democrat breed. Dishonest and greedy are a couple that come to mind. Such was the case in Virginia, where they are debating whether or not to lift a ban on uranium mining, a ban which goes back 30 years.
It is common knowledge that the environment is not a priority at all for the present GOP. It is, however, supposed to be valued by Democrats; so when a Democrat turns their back on the environment, we must be ever-vigilant in putting them in their place. Enter Virginia State Senator Dick Saslaw, also Senate Minority Leader. Saslaw is a Democrat who is not too concerned about the environment. In fact, when talking about uranium mining and the potential negative effects on the environment, Saslaw had this to say:
“What about 10,000 years from now? I’m not going to be here… I can’t ban something because of something that might happen 500 or 1,000 years from now.“
Of course, what is on the table is not banning something, it is lifting a ban. There is a difference. According to a press release from Debra and Ken Ferruccio, local activists, there are several dangers the bill poses in the near future, not 500 or 1,000 years out. They go on to conclude:
To vote to lift the ban would be to vote for a model of economic development that is neither environmentally, democratically, nor economically sustainable. “Best practices” cannot meet criteria that would preserve and defend Virginia, North Carolina and this region of the South and beyond from pervasive radioactive contamination. Therefore, reasonable people, having read the Final Report would see lifting the ban on uranium mining as an arbitrary and capricious declaration of radioactive aggression and would do whatever is necessary to defend their lives and lands from uranium mining.
Much like the mining bill here in Wisconsin, this bill also gets into issues of sovereignty as well. In Wisconsin, the sovereignty battle deals with tribal lands and tribal waters which are sacred and valued to the tribes. In Virginia, the sovereignty deals with another state, as North Carolina shares waters with Virginia. Overall, this is just a horrible bill that could have devastating environmental impact.
Let me just remind you who supports this bill because he won’t be around to see the effects. Dick Saslaw is that man and I think it’s time he heard from some people. Please feel free to give him a call at (703) 978-0200 or send him an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and let him know what you think. You may even want to ask that he resign as leader of the Virginia Democrats. Then share this article so that everyone can see how greedy this man is. Together we can fight.
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Segway Jeremy Ryan has become a full-time member of the protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol. Formerly a businessman, he gave up his business to join the fight for the middle class in the State of Wisconsin. He rides a Segway due to a heart condition. Through videos and writings he has informed hundreds of thousands of people about what was going on at the Wisconsin State Capitol once the mainstream media had mostly abandoned the protests. He has been arrested 38 times mainly for silently filming or holding up a sign in the Capitol.