Gulf Residents Come to Richmond to Lobby for Clean Energy
Three people from the Gulf Region came to Richmond yesterday to tell how the oil spill affected their lives and their business, and to promote clean energy. Charles Fishburne reports.
A charter boat captain, a social worker and a restaurant owner, hurt by the massive oil spill, are lobbying for clean energy.
Sehman: I've had to re-vamp my entire restaurant to reflect no tourists in Navarre.
Chris Sehman says nobody will eat his seafood.
Kipnis: Charter boats, they're tied up at the dock.
Captain Dan Kipnis says charter boats face ruin.
Kipnis: And I'm talking about between Texas and Florida, about 2500 charter boats.
Dominique: It is killing off our state bird, the pelican.
Aimee Dominique is a Louisiana social worker.
Dominique: It's ruining our oyster beds and our shrimp areas and fishing areas, and it's threatening the way of life of many of the people that live down there on the coast.
Tolbert: Now's the time for us to transition away from fossil fuels to clean energy.
J.R. Tolbert, Virginia Sierra Club.
Tolbert: These folks are great at making the case as to why.
They all appeared at a joint news conference yesterday to promote clean energy.
Sehman: We need to start using clean energy. We can do that.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News