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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

7 responses to “Enviro group support for Burrillville power plant cited by Whitehouse does not exist”

  1. Greg Gerritt

    There is ZERO support for building the Clear River plant among environmental groups in RI. And it is obvious that if the gas plant gets built then Rhode Island has ZERO chance of reaching its clean energy goals or reducing its carbon emissions enough to meet the goals of the Resilient Rhode Island Act. In addition several studies have demonstrated that RI and New England do not need the gas. The Senator is sadly and dangerously selling out to the fossil fuel industries.

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  2. Wetlands attract more winged visitors

    […] Enviro group support for Burrillville power plant cited by Whitehouse doesn't … 2015-12-07 FANG BASE Raimondo Whitehouse 008 Senator Whitehouse supports the new gas powered energy plant in Burrillville. The support he cites for his position from environmental groups doesn't exist. In a short interview with Ted Nesi, Senator … Read more on RI Future […]

  3. FANG confronts Whitehouse over his Invenergy support

    […] In the interview Whitehouse cited support from environmental groups for his stance, support that subsequent investigation has revealed does not […]

  4. Environment Council of RI to Sheldon Whitehouse: we don’t support fossil fuels

    […] Steve Ahlquist reported subsequent to the WPRI interview that Save The Bay and the League of Conservation Voters had no position on the proposed methane power plant. He wrote, “Given that two of the three groups that Whitehouse named have no position on the project, and the third group, “the Nature Conservancies and all that” doesn’t specify any particular agency, it appears that Whitehouse’s answer was intended to minimize the importance of local opposition to the power plant, not honestly appraise the support for natural gas infrastructure expansion that exists in the wider environmental community.” […]

  5. Recent power auction proves Burrillville power plant unneeded

    […] arguments in favor of the plant that we are hearing from our elected leaders, such as Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, that Rhode Island suffers from an energy “choke point” and needs this plant for grid […]

  6. Sheldon Whitehouse says he’s neutral on Burrillville power plant proposal

    […] a subsequent RI Future report showed Save The Bay and the League of Conservation have not taken positi…. And the Environment Council of RI, of which the Nature Conservancy is a member, took issue with […]

  7. Media Coverage – Keep Burrillville Beautiful

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