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This Tuesday 50 FreedomWorks activists from the Greenville, South Carolina area protested outside the General Electric annual shareholders meeting. Our volunteers took the company to task for its involvement in The U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), an organization that is calling for an economically harmful cap and trade system on emissions. FreedomWorks supports sound and reasonable energy policy, and knows that putting such caps in place would only hurt our economy and send more jobs overseas by making us less competitive globally.
Our activists gathered outside the entrance in our “stop pandering to environmentalists” t-shirts, FreedomWorks hats and anti-Al Gore stickers. We held up signs that promoted the ideas of free markets and not radical environmentalist rhetoric. The shareholders received our message loud and clear with chants of “Just Say No to Cap and Trade!” Many of those entering the building shook their heads approvingly, waved, or gave us the “thumbs up.” We also handed out hundreds of flyers titled “Tell General Electric to Stop Pandering to Anti-Energy Extremism!” The flyers pointed out that cap and trade systems raise gas prices, reduce economic growth and harm our construction, manufacturing and transportation industries.
After the rally we headed to lunch and Director of Campaigns Brendan Steinhauser hosted a discussion about cap and trade and the need for grassroots activism to take on the radical environmentalists and corporations who are selling out the American economy. Tom Borelli of the Free Enterprise Education Institute, and a GE shareholder, talked about the need to promote free market principles, and thanked the activists for their hard work. Dr. Wayne Brough, chief economist at FreedomWorks, talked about energy policy, FDA regulations of medicine, taxes, social security, the budget and telecommunications reform. We also discussed the ongoing fights for cable franchise reform in Tennessee and against the smoking ban bill in North Carolina.
It was a great day for freedom in South Carolina! You can see some of the great photos below.