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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

2 responses to “Invenergy batting 1000 at EFSB, Burrillville strikes out”

  1. Greg Gerritt

    Clearly the EFSB is a biased and criiminally negligent creation of the power brokers in RI. it should be abolished and communities should always have the right to say no to big projecrts.

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  2. salgal

    So these particular three people were not picked, in theory, for EFSB duty. The members are based on job titles. So whomever holds the title, at any time, sits on the Board.

    But though they may or may not fear losing their jobs if they do not vote in accordance with Gov. Raimondo’s preference, she supports the plant, they act as if there is some fear of retribution hanging over their heads. Spoken, written, or not.

    Here we have a full half of the hearing room filled with Invenergy lawyers, against Michael McElroy, attorney for the Town of Burrillville, all alone but for Max Greene, an attorney with the Conservation Law Foundation sitting by his side for morale support. Possibly moral support.

    It pains me to sit at these hearings and watch Meg Curran repeatedly differ to whatever Invenergy lawyer is speaking, typically Alan Schoer. Smiling, thanking them. No such professional (or otherwise) courtesies for McElroy who, himself, presents a much more measured, detailed, and professional presentation every time. Schoer, off his game this time though it clearly didn’t matter, babbles on emotionally with a great deal of exaggeration, rarely stating articles of law.

    This time though, I sensed a most inappropriate and exceptionalist vibe from Curran, evidenced by her frequent smirks. Such disdain for the people who show up to advocate for the environment. It’s quite nauseating really.

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