West Virginia Energy and America's Future
Photos by Vivian Stockman
Second district Republican Congresswoman Shelley
More Capito held the West Virginia Energy and Americas
Future forum on July 16, 2001. The event, held at
Riverside High School near Belle, was one of several
nationwide that Bush the Lessers Dick Cheney helped
organize to whip the masses into frenzied support for the
Administrations "Drill, Mine and Nuke the Guts Right
out of the Planet" national energy policy.
Rep. Capito faces the TV cameras while OVEC members get
their message across.
Capito's panel consisted of pretty much anybody whose
future wallet fatness is directly tied to promoting the
status quo and blocking progress toward environmentally
safer forms of energy, such as wind, solar and hydrogen fuel
cells. This was going to be a warm and fuzzy taxpayer-funded
Coal cheerleading session, with a little Oil and Gas thrown
in for good measure. Capito's star speaker was Texas
Republican Congressman Joe Barton, chair of the House
subcommittee on energy and air quality.
Not surprisingly, no one whose future is in peril from
mountaintop removal had a place on the panel, despite
requests to Capitos office by an OVEC member and the
Untied Mine Workers of America that a coalfield resident be
included on the panel.
Helping to provide a need for lots more drilling, Capito,
Barton and staff pulled up to the forums venue in a SUV.
They had to make their way thru a mock graveyard filled with
mock open coffins representing things we Appalachians have
lost to mountaintop removalcommunities, jobs, streams,
forests, topsoil, plants, animals and mountains.
We handed Capito a citizens press package, complete
with photos of the devastation associated with mountaintop
removal captioned, We wont be Americas energy
sacrifice zone. We won't be silenced either.
Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) got to meet coalfield residents,
though Capito hoped they wouldn't show.
OVEC member Jack Walldeck, left, tells WV Coal Association (WVCA)
president Bill Raney what he thinks about the association,
while WVCA vice president Chris Hamilton chides the