The Dernogalizer

May 12, 2009

Steny Hoyer Town Hall

I’ve had a lot of posts recently about my Congressman House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and the Clean Energy Town Hall Meeting on May 11th.  So the moment of truth finally arrived!  While I’m sure there will be more media to post, I’m going to reveal what I’ve seen thus far.  First, Holly of CCAN had a post about the Town Hall, and she has her own insight on the meeting.  CCAN also has a video of the Town Hall, in case you want to check it out.  Next, the Diamondback has an article out about the meeting today, which I felt portrayed the meeting accurately, although didn’t mention the speakers before Hoyer.  I got quoted too, and didn’t embarass myself too much.  One thing Holly and I definitely agree on is the question of the night by a member of my student group UMD for Clean Energy, Jesse Yurow.  If you see a politician asked ANY question this year, you have see this one.  It’s right after the 1 hour mark on the video.  We went over it in our student group meeting and he showed me what he had on his notecard before the town hall started.  I knew it was going to be good if he got to ask.  

The question combined the fact that efforts to develop clean coal technology had failed, that the extraction of coal is destructive, and whether or not Congressman Hoyer would support a moratorium on new coal plants.  This was followed by the entire audience roaring in applause.  Now Hoyer doesn’t support this, and he said so, but I could tell it was tough for him.  Picture is below.


          This is the look on Hoyer’s face….

All in all, this was a succesful meeting.  There were 250-300 people attending, the speakers did a great job, and the audience got in a few great questions.  The only unfortunate part was that the Congressman was supposed to talk for 15 minutes, but he rambled for 30 and there wasn’t as much time to ask questions as we would’ve liked.  Still, despite our differences I’m very gracious that Steny Hoyer took the time out of his busy schedule to come to our campus and participate in this meeting.  I’m going to likely have further analysis of this meeting, as well as more media and pictuteres.  I will hold off on that stuff until the weekend.

**Update 5/13/09**  More Media



  1. […] idea.  Least of all being destruction of the planet.  One of the comments Steny Hoyer made at the town hall meeting last Monday in defense of pursuing clean coal technology is that we have over 200 years worth of […]

    Pingback by Peak Coal « The Dernogalizer — May 17, 2009 @ 5:37 pm | Reply

  2. Not sure Wise County, Virginia can stand 200 more years of mountaintop removal, our environment has been destroyed for at least ten thousand years. Rick Boucher- thanks a lot.

    Comment by tmullins — May 19, 2009 @ 2:56 am | Reply

    • Thanks for the comment, I don’t think Wise County should have to withstand 2 more years of mountaintop removal.

      Comment by Matt Dernoga — May 19, 2009 @ 8:16 am | Reply

  3. […] took place on the House floor for support.  Although he gave good stances in the clean energy town hall meeting that hosted Hoyer which I helped organize, this is definitely the best I’ve ever […]

    Pingback by Steny Hoyer Remarks on Climate Bill « The Dernogalizer — June 28, 2009 @ 4:26 pm | Reply

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