Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Is it time for action beyond words?

Ted Glick and Wife, Jane Califf, Arrested in Sen. McConnell's Office. By James R. Carroll, Louisville Courier-Journal, December 11, 2007. "Two people were arrested in Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's office Monday evening after they refused to leave. McConnell, R-Ky., was the target of a demonstration today in his Senate office by as many as 20 people, including Ted Glick, coordinator for U.S. Climate Emergency Council, a Washington-based non-profit group that supports efforts to combat global warming and to promote cleaner energy sources... McConnell spokesman Robert Steurer said 'the senator is busy with Senate business today and is not available to meet with him.' However, McConnell did write a letter to Glick. The senator's Russell Senate Office Building offices closed to the public at 6 p.m., and U.S. Capitol Police asked Glick and his wife, Jane Califf, to leave. Glick and Califf did not comply and were arrested on charges of unlawful entry, according to Capitol Police. 'Negotiations are going on in the Senate between Republicans and Democrats as we speak,' Glick said. 'We are demanding in those negotiations that they have to retain a strong renewable energy mandate.' To do otherwise, he said, 'is morally wrong, wrong for the planet and wrong for our pocketbooks'... In his letter to Glick, McConnell said: 'I could not support a bill that would have hurt job creation in Kentucky as well as increased utility costs for energy consumers.'" [Editor's note: We received the following email from Ted this morning: "Jane and I got out of jail about 11:15, about 6 hours after we were arrested. We were charged with unlawful entry and have to go to court in January. We're both fine."]

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