Sen. Warren Addresses Activists in Hyannis

warren02HYANNIS – US Senator Elizabeth Warren and other politicians were at Barnstable Town Hall yesterday answering questions about issues ranging from local to international.

Warren was joined by US Congressman William Keating, State Senator Dan Wolf and State Representative Brian Mannal (D-Centerville).

More than 75 people filled the second floor meeting in town hall for the event.

Many in the crowd held signs asking that the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant be closed.

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warren01Warren said she met one-on-one with the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the issue.

“The first issue I went through was exactly this issue, that there is not an adequate escape route off the Cape and indeed some people will be forced to drive towards greater danger in order to be able to access an escape route, and I said, ‘This is just not going to happen. None of this is going to work,'” she said.

Others carried signs about stopping NSTAR from spraying pesticides.

Senator Wolf addressed that question and said the Cape’s legislative delegation has been in touch with NSTAR to urge them not to do the spraying.

warren04Some people wanted to ask the senator about national and international issues, including support for Israel. Warren said she respectfully disagreed with the questioner John Bangert of Harwich, who voiced opposition to a recent Congressional vote about the US sending financial support to Israel.

“American has a very special relationship with Israel. Israel lives in a very dangerous part of the world and a part of the world where they aren’t many liberal democracies and democracies that are controlled by rule of law and we very much need an ally in that part of the world,” she said.

Warren also addressed the prosecution of people for financial crimes.

“These big financial corporations have admitted to breaking the law and yet no single individual in the corporation is tagged for having broken the law. It is not possible for a corporation to break the law without an individual breaking the law as well,” she said.