Coffee or Tea? Clean-energy protest crashes Tea Party SA birthday

Lung power and conviction on display under a watchful, hulking eye.

Greg Harman

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Dozens of area residents mobilized by MoveOn chapters in San Antonio and Cibolo and a developing Coffee Party gathered Sunday a couple blocks north of Sunset Station on the east edge of downtown to support the rapid development and deployment of non-polluting energy sources to combat climate change and ending the nation's dependence on fossil fuels.

Meanwhile, in a rented space at the Station, 50 or so Tea Party folks were celebrating the org's first birthday by listening to a speaker berate President Obama and gearing up for an afternoon talk from a meteorologist and climate-change contrarian. David Dilley titled his speech, Climate Cycles ... Unveiling the Man-Made Climate Change Hoax, Earth's Temperatures and CO2 Levels are Natural and Good for Earth, though the Tea Party of San Antonio wisely shrunk it to simply: Climate Change: Manmade or Natural Cycle.)

After hearing from three speakers promote solar, geothermal, and condemn carbon-emitting coal, the MoveOn/Coffee Partiers chanted down the lane to gain the attention of those at the other end of the spectrum. They then positioned themselves across the street to vocalize some more.

While I spent 20 minutes or so inside the Tea Party event, I had to squeeze through a well-packed line of police and private security at the gate to get to the supposedly open event.

Regrettably, I only witnessed one conversation occur between a MoveOn member and a Tea adherent. And that 5-minute exchange on a point of common ground â?? shared disgust over a recent Supreme Court ruling granting corporations the right to flood the political process with unlimited donations â?? was probably the highlight of the afternoon. Sadly, it had to take place through an iron fence.

It was a failure lamented by another pro-clean-energy protestor, possibly the only other liberal to brave the police line and tune in another message. You can hear his thoughts on post-partisan dialogue and police intimidation in this video post.

I caught some highlights with a camera (below).

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