ABC News, “RFK Jr. Blasts Obama as ‘Indentured Servant’ to Coal Industry”:
“Clean coal is a dirty lie,” says environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who calls President Barack Obama and other politicians who commit taxpayer money to develop it “indentured servants” of the coal industry.
“It’s a sad testament to the impact of campaign contributions, our system and the political clout of this industry that you have very sensible politicians, including great men like Barack Obama, who feel the need to parrot the talking points of this industry that is so destructive to our country,” said Kennedy, who was reportedly under consideration as Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency director.
Yeah, as indentured servants go, Obama’s great.
How is that anyone takes RFKJr seriously, except as an example of the paranoid style in American politics? We’ll be interested if there’s any laudatory, uncritical news reports about his environmental leadership on the occasion of Earth Day.
UPDATE: Here’s how he’s spending the day:
I will be at the Fishermen’s Ball, the Riverkeeper annual ball, honoring Pete Seeger and recognizing the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s visit to the Hudson River. It will raise money for advocacy to fight Indian Point [nuclear power plant], GE, and all the bad guys on the Hudson. From the Obama administration on down, the environment has become a centerpiece of daily effort, it’s a centerpiece of the stimulus package, a centerpiece of the energy plan. A lot of people have integrated an environmental ethic, by trying to figure out ways to reduce their carbon burdens, by buying healthy foods, and other ways. After Earth Day, I don’t think that’s something mothers forget about, or anyone else forgets about.
Well, of course he’s opposed to the clean power of nuclear energy. But why in the world would he honor the memory of Henry Hudson, the advance guard of rapacious European exploitation? How many whales died because of Henry Hudson?
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