5 Climate Jihadists Disrupt Senate FERC Nominee Hearing

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Last Thursday the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a confirmation hearing for two nominees for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Neil Chatterjee, energy adviser to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Robert Powelson, a Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission member and president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners were put through their paces, questioned by Senators for two hours. Getting these men confirmed is a high priority–to restore a voting quorum. Right now there are only two (soon to be one) FERC commissioners. You need three minimum for a voting quorum. When filled, there are five FERC commissioners. During the hearing, extremists from Beyond Extreme Energy attempted to disrupt the hearing with yelling. They were taken out of the room and arrested. These are the same kinds of people Powelson previously called environmental jihadists–those who show up at FERC commissioners’ homes to intimidate them before votes (see Potential FERC Com. Powleson Calls Anti-Fossil Fuelers “Jihadists”). Powelson later walked back his “jihad” statement, sadly. By all accounts the disruptions by the jihadists at the hearing were minor and didn’t (as the nutters had hoped) slow down anything. One jerk handcuffed himself to a chair and the Capitol police whisked him out while the hearing continued, uninterrupted (see the image). Below are accounts of the hearing and what was said, along with a press release from Beyond Extreme Energy…

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