From: Robert Dorman <email@example.com>
I have attached a congressional email list to the bottom of
for those of you who may wish to reach congress through the internet.
>Date: Sat, 13 Nov 1999 03:16:56 -0500
>From: Norman Benally <Norman_Benally@compuserve.com>
>Subject: Fw: The Alert
>Sender: Norman Benally <Norman_Benally@compuserve.com>
>To: Robert Dorman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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>The anti-environmental "rider bill" sponsored by Senior Senator Robert Byrd
>and the coal industry's political allies may have serious implications on
>Black Mesa. Please post the Alert on your mailing list. Its important that
>all elected officials in Congress and the White House get letters to oppose
>the West Virginia Senators "Rider Bill," Possibility is that the "rider bill"
>will be coming up again this coming week! Additionally, Peabody Coal Company
>contributed $3000 to Senator Robert Bird's relection for 2000!...One of many
>coal companies that contributed to his campaign. Interesting that, according
>to the Charleston Dailymail online of West Virginia. Address http://www.
>From: "Dennis Short", INTERNET:email@example.com
>To: "CCC", INTERNET:firstname.lastname@example.org
>Date: 11/12/99 6:53 PM
>RE: Fw: The Alert
>All Hands Alert
>Dear Friends and Allies of the Citizens Coal Council,
>What a week!!! Thanks to everyone's tremendous work, Senator Byrd and the
other members of
>the WV Congressional delegation have not yet been able to attach the coal
strip mining rider to
>another bill. Your calls, letters and media work over the past two weeks
have now made this the
>HOT issue in Washington AND spreading across the country.
>The real heat started when the busload of West Virginians with some
Kentucky folks came to
>Washington week before last and set up a cemetery memorializing the
destroyed streams in front
>of the Capitol. That scared our opposition so they bused juiced up We
haven't had this much
>national attention paid to our coal issues for over 20 years.
>It has become so hot President Clinton hasn't dared to give it away to
Senator Byrd, who is
>pouting and not talking with the White House. Congress recessed Wednesday
>work on this. Every day of delay up to this point has been a victory for
us, allowing us to grow
>stronger and get more attention. Congress will come back next Tuesday and
Wednesday and will
>probably have a vote no later than Friday. We have to be ready for a vote
in the House of
>Representatives on Tuesday. With your continued help, we have a chance to
get a good vote total
>in the House.
>How this affects you.
>The West Virginia coal companies want the rider so they will be exempted
from obeying parts of
>the clean water and mining laws. If they win this exemption, the barn door
will be very hard to
>close. Coal companies in other states will also demand special breaks.
>For example, mines in Pennsylvania might demand weaker bonding standards;
mines in Tennessee
>might demand Congress drop the right to have lands declared unsuitable for
>mines will want the reclamation standards dropped. And the list goes on
and on. Other industries
>will go after weakening air pollution, toxic waste, wilderness protection,
coal leasing and other
>laws. So this isn't just a West Virginia or CCC fight. This is your fight
for a safe, healthy
>environment no matter where you live or what specific issues your group
>CCC and other allies are calling newspapers around the country and
encouraging them to
>editorialize on this issue. Some CCC member groups such as KFTC have
already been hard at
>work and this has resulted in a fantastic editorial and several good
articles (with one op-ed in the
>wing). We need everybody who can to pitch in and contact their local
papers as well. The reason
>that this is so significant is that: a) the Clinton/Gore Administration
will be monitoring the media
>to figure out if this is really a political liability AND b) Members of
Congress who will be pressed
>by Senator Byrd for support (or at least not to oppose) to his rider need
to know that the folks at
>home have a clear position: NO RIDER!
>CCC will be sending out some background information by e-mail to help you
with your pitch to
>editorial boards. We can also make this available to you by fax. If you
need the information by
>fax, please call and let us know. If we aren't here or the phone is tied
up, please leave us a
>message with your fax number.
>1. Call your Congressperson's office. If you don't know the direct number,
call the Capitol
>switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to connect you to your
Congressperson's office. When you
>reach that office, ask to speak to the legislative aide who handles
environment or appropriations.
>The message: Vote against any appropriations bill that contains the coal
strip mining rider. I don't
>want our clean water and coal mining laws weakened. Vote against any
>2. Keep calling the White House at 202/456-1414. Fax a letter to President
Clinton at 202-546-
>2461. Message: Tell him to oppose the rider.
>Remember, your Congressperson and President Clinton count the number of
calls on an issue, so
>you don't need lots of fancy words or big facts, just be plain and strong.
>3. Please ask your friends, family and members of your group to call and
write. If your group has
>a phone tree, get everyone called and committed to take action.
>4. It has been virtually impossible to provide updates (other than through
e-mail) and thank you
>individually for your hard work. The CCC staff is putting its full
attention into winning this one
>and so, for another week at least, we will be unable to respond to much of
anything else. If
>anything is urgent, please call Dennis at 303-722-9119.