Following is a part of his statement to the Court upon sentencing...the entire text can be found here. Tim is one of the most astute, and powerful speakers I have ever heard. Tim articulates the need for a complete system change if anything substantive is to be done to save us from ECOpocalypse, which is why he is such a threat to the corporatocracy, and why they made an example of him - to deter others from emulating his courage.
"...As a native of West Virginia, I have seen from a young age that the exploitation of fossil fuels has always gone hand in hand with the exploitation of local people. In West Virginia, we’ve been extracting coal longer than anyone else. And after 150 years of making other people rich, West Virginia is almost dead last among the states in per capita income, education rates and life expectancy. And it’s not an anomaly. The areas with the richest fossil fuel resources, whether coal in West Virginia and Kentucky, or oil in Louisiana and Mississippi, are the areas with the lowest standards of living. In part, this is a necessity of the industry. The only way to convince someone to blow up their backyard or poison their water is to make sure they are so desperate that they have no other option."
"But it is also the nature of the economic model. Since fossil fuels are a limited resources, whoever controls access to that resource in the beginning gets to set all the terms. They set the terms for their workers, for the local communities, and apparently even for the regulatory agencies. A renewable energy economy is a threat to that model. Since no one can control access to the sun or the wind, the wealth is more likely to flow to whoever does the work of harnessing that energy, and therefore to create a more distributed economic system, which leads to a more distributed political system. It threatens the profits of the handful of corporations for whom the current system works, but our question is which segment of the public are you tasked with protecting. I am here today because I have chosen to protect the people locked out of the system over the profits of the corporations running the system. I say this not because I want your mercy, but because I want you to join me."
Please write to him! He also likes getting photos so he can see who is writing. Be sure to put a complete return address or he will not be able to receive your letter.
Tim DeChristopher #16156-081
FCI HERLONG, SATELLITE CAMP
Federal Correctional Institution
PO Box 800
Herlong, CA 96113
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