Environmentalists Say Imprisoned Felons Should Be Able To Vote Because Of Global Warming

From The Daily Caller

Michael Bastasch | Energy Editor

Environmentalists joined the far-left campaign to give voting rights to incarcerated felons, arguing felon voting is crucial to fighting global warming.

“Until each and every one of them have their voting rights restored, the movement for climate justice — and every progressive cause — will be severely disadvantaged,” Sabelo Narasimhan, digital campaign manager for 350.org, wrote in an email to supporters sent Monday.

The group is now part of the effort, championed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, to allow millions of incarcerated felons to vote. Currently, only Maine and Vermont allow imprisoned felons to vote. (RELATED: Supreme Court Asked To Hear Case Involving Leaked ‘Climategate’ Emails)

350.org is a far-left environmental group founded by activist Bill McKibben, a staunch Sanders supporter who once called former President Barack Obama a “climate denier” for allowing an oil company to explore for Arctic oil.

“An assault on our democracy and the right to vote directly affects how we address the current climate crisis. When people can’t vote, fossil fuel billionaires win,” Narasimhan wrote in the email.

The sun sets on the Federal Corrections Complex where tomorrow John Walker Lindh will be released after the conclusion of his prison sentence in Terre Haute

The sun sets on the Federal Corrections Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, U.S. May 22, 2019. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston.

The email directs supporters to sign onto a letter to Congress, demanding felons be allowed to vote while incarcerated. The online letter is supported by 350.org and other groups, including Common Cause, the Hip Hop Caucus, Progress America and RootsAction.org.

Sanders is the main proponent of restoring voting rights to incarcerated felons among Democrats running for president in 2020. However, many other primary challengers aren’t sold on the idea.

Now, environmental activists want incarcerated felons to vote, and no longer be counted towards the population of where they’re imprisoned. 350.org’s support for felon voting, which is unrelated to climate change, mirrors environmentalists veering into other issues, like immigration.

Activists argue felon voting will somehow help “compel our elected officials to take real action on the climate crisis.”

“Under current laws, prisoners are counted as residents of the electoral district their prison is in— but they don’t get a vote,” 350.org’s Narasimhan wrote, arguing the current system “unfairly skews political representation towards rural white communities where prisons are often built.”

“It’s no surprise that elected officials and billionaires opposing bold action on climate are the same people upholding felony disenfranchisement and prison gerrymandering,” Narasimhan wrote. “After all, those who are disproportionately affected by pollution and climate impacts are also disproportionately incarcerated: low-income people of color, especially Black people.”

The entrance to the Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville, New York

The entrance to the Federal Correctional Institution, Otisville where Michael Cohen will be imprisoned is seen in Otisville, New York, U.S. April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Segar.

The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced it would continue its long-standing practice of counting incarcerated individuals as part of the population where they’re imprisoned. Critics lambasted the decision, but officials pushed back.

Federal law going back to 1790 requires the government to base population counts on people’s “usual place of abode,” which the Census Bureau defines as the place “a person lives and sleeps most of the time.”

“Counting prisoners anywhere other than the facility would be less consistent with the concept of usual residence, since the majority of people in prisons live and sleep most of the time at the prison,” the Bureau said in February in response to public comments.

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89 thoughts on “Environmentalists Say Imprisoned Felons Should Be Able To Vote Because Of Global Warming

  1. What if “White collar” felons don’t vote in the same way 350.org wishes to? I mean, they are “fellow felons” too, so where is the Justice in that?

    • Don’t give the propagandists at 350.org any ideas They will develop a white collar voter exclusion.

      • Realistically they just want voting rights for felons so they can then feel free to commit crimes against capitalism, when they are convicted of felonious activity, they can still vote in favor of destroying capitalism.
        Destroy that Oil pipeline…Life in prison…Still get to vote to destroy capitalism aand instill socialism

  2. Hmmm, makes sense to me, as long as we also restore their 2nd amendment right to own firearms while incarcerated.
    Now that should make all the climate screamers happy…:)
    YES, I am being sarcastic.

    • Please, please don’t give them ideas. They’re mad enough to take you seriously.

    • Sounds like a great way to reduce the prison population, too.

      “current system unfairly skews political representation towards rural white communities where prisons are often built.”

      So, if I follow this, they think white rural communities should be run by the votes of poor black people who never lived there and broke the law bad enough to get locked up.

      Hey, I know why not let them elect the prison governor too, and chose who gets employed as a prison guard.

      In fact they don’t give a damn about the interns, they just see a way to skew the electoral system. There are lots of poor black folks in Africa, let them vote too if they show the right political bais.

    • The ethically and morally corrupt seek support from the criminally corrupt felons.
      It’s a socialist democrat thing…..

  3. You have to hand it to them. The green blob will try anything no matter how underhand.

    • What amazes me is how often the political desires of the far left and the political desires of the green movement coincide. Surely it’s just a coincidence.

    • The interesting part is that they seem to admit criminals would vote on their side. Rather telling, that.

  4. These felons are akin to mercenaries… something that I have been speculating for a long time. I doubt many in the stir actually will contemplate the pros and cons of 350.org’s position and come to a well thought out conclusion of their own thought. They will simply be used as voting chattel, which is quite “inhumane” in the first place.

  5. Maybe we should empty out prisons entirely, or stop prosecuting people for crimes altogether, because of global warming. If spring is going to arrive a week earlier in Minneapolis 100 years from now, obviously miscreants need to be let out of the hoosegow NOW!

    Of course, “climate change” is a catch-all phrase that could mean anything. If spring arrives late in Minneapolis 100 years from now, we should let criminals free anyhow.

    What if the differences 100 years from now are hard to detect? Or if it’s nicer in Indianapolis but lousier in Sacramento? Sweet in Shanghai but putrid in Peoria? Who shall we blame, punish, or exonerate then?

    Gosh! This is gettin’ complicated.

    • ”What if the differences 100 years from now are hard to detect? Or if it’s nicer in Indianapolis but lousier in Sacramento? Sweet in Shanghai but putrid in Peoria? Who shall we blame, punish, or exonerate then?”

      Can’t think of anyone? Let me help. Such a weather would clearly be a case of extreme normalcy, thus frightening. So why not just blame you, punish me and exonerate anyone who ”they” think is not like you or me?

  6. “The movement for climate justice — and every progressive cause — will be severely disadvantaged.” All the more reason to not let them vote.

    These leftarded loons think they have the moral high ground, which allows them to use any means to reach their goals. Trouble is they only think they hold the high ground. They are despicable in every way. The main planks in their 2020 run are murdering unborn infants, flooding the country with third world criminals and killing any and all jobs in a crusade against an imaginary perpetual motion machine living in the sky.

    Instead of letting inmates vote, how about we remove voting rights forever, for everyone convicted of any crime? Or go back to only allowing people who pay land taxes to vote? It would be to the advantage of working class tax payers. Loony left can go pound sand.

    • I think you’re being too harsh! Why should a murderer, mass murderer, rapist, serial rapist, paedophile, serial paedophile, be deprived of their rights to vote? After all their victims deserved tobe punished for not following the Green Dream!!! (Sarc). After all the rights of their victims are secondary!!!

      • I wonder if she ever detailed who would pay the unwilling to work residents, and who would decide what was reasonable income.
        Picture the scene, a hospital worker gets up every morning at 5.00 am to start work at six so his neighbour who is unwilling to work, can stay comfortably asleep till 9.00 then go down the park, have breakfast at Wendy’s and lunch at the local restaurant. The willing worker may reconsider his decision to be a willing worker…

        • That’s why socialism always fails, eventually you run out of people who are willing to work hard i order to support those who would rather not work at all.

        • And the unwilling worker, as a result of inactivity and too much high cal food, has a cardiac arrest on the pavement, but there is no one to take him to hospital, and no one in the hospital to treat him even if he made it there . What a wonderful world AOC envisages .
          Of course , on the other hand you could say that the unwilling worker, gasping his life out on the pavement ( sidewalk) , whilst others , similarly unwilling to trouble themselves with helping, avoid him, got what he deserved.

          • Nah, I have looked at the options and have decided to become one of the unwilling to work members of the Green society.
            I suspect it will become a popular option which then begs the question, with all of us now unwilling to work, who is going to pay us?

    • Purely incidental.
      That realization only kicks in after they are mugged by their new best friend.

    • Well their logic would be flawed …again. While most (if not all) leftists are criminals, it doesn’t necessarily follow that all criminal s are therefore leftists. But, if you are looking for willing leftists, look among the criminals. Your odds are better. 😉

  7. I have worked in Max and Super Max for over 30 years and can say with some degree of experience that prisoners, by and large, are very conservative in their fundamental philosophies about the economy, immigration and climate change. So to 350.org I write – good luck with that.

    • You need to research “vote harvesting” California style. “Vote harvesting” is why Bernie Sanders is pushing this issue.

    • Precisely. The unspoken assumption on the Left is that felons are “progressive”. It would be wonderfully ironic if the Dems started losing as a result of voting by prisoners.

      • They’re progressive alright. Progressed themselves right into prison, being the model citizens they are.

        By the logic of the article, a multiple felon should get multiple votes. Gary Ridgeway could decide an election all by himself.

    • They might be conservative about some things, but that doesn’t necessarily predict their votes.

      Let’s be frank, a disproportionate number of felons are minorities. I know a number of blacks and Hispanics who are conservative on every major issue, but still vote straight Democrat out of an odd conviction that Republicans are racist.

      • Thinks the party of Lincoln is racist, votes the straight ticket for the party of Jim Crow. Such doublethunk only comes about in the absense of knowing history.

  8. Does 350.org sense that they may become comrades in arms with these felons ?
    snark …

  9. These radicals on the Left are nuttier than fruitcakes. Just one stupid idea after another from them.

    • You’re right. It’s explained by the big five personality traits. Liberals tend to be high in trait openness and low in trait conscientiousness.

      “openness to experience” is a bit harder to characterise, but “involves active imagination, aesthetic sensitivity, attentiveness to inner feelings, preference for variety, and intellectual curiosity.” Openness is positively associated with liberalism. link

      Liberals are willing to try all kinds of stuff and not worry too much about the consequences.

      • They’re certainly not open to allowing a conservative to speak on campus. Tolerance and inclusivity, as long as you agree with us.

        • SJWs are actually nurturing by nature. Similarly, a mother bear is nurturing. The thing is that they viciously protect their charges (supposedly oppressed groups in the case of SJWs). You don’t want to get between a mother bear and her cubs. You also don’t want to look like some kind of oppressor to the SJWs.

      • Other people’s time and money will absolve them from the consequences of their flights of fancy. And the big-S Socialist State will make you give it to them.

  10. Maybe it doesn’t matter. link It seems that most felons are quite unlikely to vote. The Democrats are grasping at straws.

    • There will be plenty of left-wing groups willing to fill out voter forms for felons who don’t want to be bothered with doing it themselves. That’s why they are so confident that the majority prisoners will vote a certain way.

    • Maybe they’re expecting an increase in convicted felons who are ‘climate change’ alarmists? ; )

    • Yes, but isn’t there something fundamentally wrong with letting lawbreakers choose the people who make and enforce the laws?

  11. This is 350.org demonstrating that they are leftists rather more than environmentalists.

    • More demonstrating an ignorance of basic mathematics…

      US Prison Population 2.2 million
      US Voting Age population (2016) 250 million

      Proportion of total electorate 0.88 % Assume for arguments sake that Black and Hispanic will block vote for “liberal” parties that’s 60% of that, assume that 45% of those typically won’t vote… then we’re down to 0.29%… further, if they register and vote in their home locations these are likely to be in districts that vote Democrat anyway… So net effective difference….. None.

      Even worse for a Presidential election where the damping effect of the electoral college means that additional votes in already committed areas are effectively wasted…

  12. It sounds like we have a new derangement syndrome– blame everybody and everything else for your problems or failures! I’d name it after Hillary because she has been using it as an excuse for decades, but I’m sure it already has a name!

  13. “Climate justice”… there it is. The new catchphrase that eco-terrorists will be hash tagging and tweeting out to all their closed minded, NPC friends. They have truly formed their own cult. The blind leading the blind based on the teachings of Al Gore. They better buck up soon; when the grand solar minimum swings into full force, they’ll be groveling at Uncle Sam’s feet, asking for heating oil and natural gas.

  14. I think we need to encourage 350.org to talk more. Nothing i could say would be as damaging to their cause.

  15. Felons should vote because… Climate Change.
    Vote for Democrats because… Climate Change.
    Open borders because… Climate Change.
    Free health care for illegal immigrants because,,, Climate Change.
    Ignore the US Constitution because… Climate Change.
    Going to enjoy a Big #2 on the throne right now because… Climate Change.

    Now, Doesn’t that feel better!!

  16. As Spuds points out, they may not vote the way the Warmulans expect. In fact, most people don’t when given a clear free choice.

    Of course, it’s not really anything to do with anyone voting about anything. It is about political publicity-seekers forever looking for the next ‘under represented’ victim class which they can claim to champion.

    They’ve almost mined-out out the traditional bugbears of race and the two biological genders, so they then started inventing extra genders. But there are even less trans-people than there are convicted felons, thus they are now beginning to realize that the numbers aren’t really working for them there either. Convicted felons, however, is still a growth industry under multiple different political administrations.

    • What the Democrats envision here with Felons in Prison able to vote is “Vote Harvesting.”
      After all it is a captive audience, and easy to harvest, jail cell block to cell block … California style.

      What is ‘ballot harvesting’ and how was it used in California elections? “
      https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/opinion/the-conversation/sd-what-is-ballot-harvesting-in-california-election-code-20181204-htmlstory.html

      Now imagine where many prisons are today. Many prisons are in small town America, rural America, Red America. Trump Country.
      If you count their inmate population, they may exceed the number of local citizens living freely in their community. Now give them the right to vote, and go “harvest” those votes with activism in mind.

      Can you see what happens now?

      • I know the dems are pushing prisoner voting in an attempt to sway national votes but they are certainly not thinking through the consequences. As you posted above, in some towns the prison population is larger than the cities (maybe even county). Allow them to vote and once they realize they can vote in their “guy” into public office (think sheriff, mayor, city counselors, etc..) the prison population as a whole will vote in mass once they figure that out. FYI, read an article that stated in one area where prisoners outnumber citizens that the prison commander is an elected position…

    • “They’ve almost mined-out out the traditional bugbears of race and the two biological genders”

      Biological sexes, not genders. Gender is behavior, not biological attributes.

      • Behavior is influenced at least in part by hormonal balance. Men and women have different hormonal balances. The hair between sex and gender cannot be split as cleanly as so-called progressives think it can.

  17. So climate gangsters want other gangsters to vote for them. Makes sense. Just like “illegal” aliens were termed “undocumented” to make them seem less criminal, why don’t we all just set them free because “felon” is also just a word. These climate criminals are once again pushing to have a chance to use those of low IQ to support them. Says a lot for their own IQ, for which they’ve been constantly tested and results continue to return negative.

  18. Socialists believe that taking from those who work, in order to spend it on themselves is OK, so I can see why they would have no problem with associating with criminals who have done the same thing.

  19. This exposes the alarmist backers for what they are – radical socialists.
    Drop voting age to 12, no wait, how about 5, under parents “guidance” LOL!
    And social deviants get to vote after damaging society. NO WAY!

    • Media ask political advice from Greta Thunberg, why not let her (to be) vote(d) as well? Greta 2020!

  20. So who is surprised?

    Violence and the appropriation of Other People’s Property are inherently part of leftist ideology.

  21. The reality is that, based on the paleoclimate record and the work done with models, the climate change we have been experiencing is caused by the sun and the oceans over which mankind has no control. Despite the hype, there is no real evidence that CO2 has any effect on climate and there is plenty of scientific rationale to support the idea that the climate sensitivity of CO2 is zero. Felons voting will have no effect on global climate. If those who became felons were really concerned about voting then they should have never become felons in the first place.

    Then there is the idea of climate justice. The party of sue is the party that has been responsible for climate change, Mother Nature. Lots of luck collecting on a judgement against Mother Nature.

  22. Looking at it logically, a criminal is said to have repaid his or her debt to
    society upon there being released.

    So if a criminal is to be released in a few weeks time, and a election is due ,
    then the criminal will upon release be affected by he composition of that
    particular government. Thus he or she should be able to vote to
    determine what sort orf government it will be.

    MJE VK5ELL

    • In Australia so long as you are doing less than 3 years you still get a vote, its only major crimes that will stop your rights until you are released.

  23. I am a firm believer in compromise when it comes to unimportant matters. Here we have the left demanding rights for prisoners and allowing them to vote for society leaders. The fact the said prisoners have rejected the concept of society and placed their personal needs above the needs of their neighbours is bye the bye.
    So here is the compromise.
    Let any prisoner who has only one conviction to his/her name vote. Those who are repeat offenders have clearly made their choice to abandon mainstream society, its values and its laws so no vote allowed.
    On a purely statistical point.
    As the prison population is a large number, it would be reasonable to suggest the vote profile of the inmates would closely reflect the background population vote outside the prison.
    With that being the case, we have to wonder why the COGS are pushing for the criminals to have a vote.
    Forward thinking perhaps?

    • Rod…

      Incorrect.

      Not being able to vote while incarcerated is PART OF “paying your debt”. You haven’t finished until you have FINISHED.

      Secondly, compromising with those who always take and never give back is a recipe for long-term defeat. It may make you feel good to think of yourself as the “reasonable” party, but the Left has a long history of exploiting your desire to compromise with the explicitly stated end of getting everything that they want.

      As Churchill put it, if you will not fight when the costs are light and the victory is sure, you may have to fight when victory is anything but sure, because the consequences of losing are horrendous.

      • Peter,
        I share your thoughts re the constant take and no give displayed by the COGS.
        If you are a UK contributor you will already know this gem I am about to post, if not it sums up just how corrupt the left is.
        A Labour MP called Fiona Onasanya was jailed for lying about who was driving her car at excessive speeds in Cambridge, when she was the actual driver. She chose to go to court rather than admit it was her. She was subsequently found guilty of making false statements to the police and the public prosecutor.
        Her jail term was followed by a licensed release period, which is normal and helps to keep the incarcerated numbers down. Release on license comes with restrictions on freedom and the jailbird, must wear a leg tag so the authorities know where they are at any time. The curfew period under these partial release rules are from 7.00 pm to 7.00 am. During that time the criminal has to be at their main residence. Not in the pub or at a show or voting in the Parliament chamber.
        Fiona Onasnya decided, not only would she ignore that rule, but she also was allowed to vote in the EU withdrawal motion in the House of Commons Westminster (illegally) by the speaker. Her vote allowed the remain faction in parliament to block the leave process.
        That is how corrupting allowing criminals still serving their sentence to vote becomes.

    • “The fact the said prisoners have rejected the concept of society and placed their personal needs above the needs of their neighbours is bye the bye.”

      For career criminals, certainly. But not for those who made a fatal mistake, in the heat of the moment. I don’t know what percentage that might be, but I don’t think it would be everyone.

      • That category of prisoner would fit neatly into my let the first time offenders vote. The crime of passion or moment of lunacy inmates, are probably low in number anyway.
        The rights of prisoners is always of interest to the left wingers for some strange reason?
        The rights of the victims don’t seem to get much attention from them though? I wonder why the COGS are so one sided in their support?
        Maybe they just like to champion liars, charlatans and criminals.

        • Left wingers are only interested in the rights of their designated victims. If a black man robs a white man, to a left winger the black man is the real victim.

      • Jeff Alberts

        For career criminals, certainly. But not for those who made a fatal mistake, in the heat of the moment. I don’t know what percentage that might be, but I don’t think it would be everyone.

        Is not the exact personality (impetuous, non-thinking, emotional, immoral, immediate-satisfaction-seeking) that a liberal-socialist-propagandist WANTS voting for their chosen politicians? Even if 5%, 15% or 25% (pure guesses on your part about who is a career criminal), most criminals commit (are accused of committing) 5-15 crimes for each one that they are in jail/prison for. Plea bargains reduce that number even further.

  24. Wouldn’t it be cruel and unusual punishment to be harangued by climate fruit loops?

  25. I can see how many prominent alarmists can sympathise with criminals. Many of them are really just the same but haven’t been caught yet. Committing fraud including doctoring research data is a crime. This sentiment is just an insurance that when they are finally found out their future rights are protected.

  26. The prisoners will probably all vote for Trump after he signed the new crime bill. 🙂

  27. “350.org is a far-left environmental group founded by activist Bill McKibben”

    Fixed!

  28. I don’t care who they would vote for, they lost that right along with a raft of others when they decided to be a felon. The far lefties are once again showing their mental illness.

  29. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”- all unalienable rights. So 350.org wants to arm prisoners, free them and let them vote.

    Yeah, right…

  30. “…It’s no surprise that elected officials and billionaires opposing bold action on climate are the same people upholding felony disenfranchisement and prison gerrymandering,” Narasimhan wrote. “After all, those who are disproportionately affected by pollution and climate impacts are also disproportionately incarcerated: low-income people of color, especially Black people…”

    And there you have it…people in the US oppose action on climate because they are white and racist.

  31. I’ll see your cell block voters and raise you a grave yard of active voters in Chicago.

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