Get to Know an Activist: Ryan Rittenhouse

The latest activist in our series is Public Citizen Texas’ Ryan Rittenhouse. Ryan is our anti-coal advocate from Cleveland, Ohio and has a B.A. in Communications from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania (a liberal arts school!). He is a part of the No Coal Coalition and is currently organizing opposition to the Tenaska and White Stallion coal plant proposals.

Sometimes, if you’re quiet, you can catch him sneaking outside the office to hug a tree.



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Tck tck tck. Thmp thmp thmp.

“Hello? Hello? Is this thing on?

“Ahhhha! Yes. Aaahh. Ahoy, landlubbers, safe and sound in your cubicles and offices, getting soft and weak, angry and malcontent spending yer days poundin’ yer keyboards, protestin’ and petitionin’ and marchin’.

“You may read all the blogs, but is it worth a spit a’ old-fashioned gumption and muscle?

“You may wine and dine with political sharks, but do ya feel like all yer compromisin’ takes the wind outta yer sails?

“Public Citizen is a fine bunch of rabble-rousers, with the likes a’ Smitty and those that got mettle. Still, their boots are tied and their scabbards blunted. Afraid a’ cuttin’ their teeth on the govment powers that be, the button pushers. Yaargh!

“But I knows what their afraid a tellin’ ya.

“I know that this here Ryan Rittenhouse is no ordin’ry granola crunchin’ green.

“He’s a pirate, yaargh. Didn’t go by Rittenhouse when I used ta sail wit him…


“Blast ye, Ryan! Its Puerto Rico, not Jamaica. No matter. (Editors Note: Actually it is Jamaica where he was Lieutenant Governor. The rum is from Puerto Rico however, which is where the confusion arises.)

“Long live Captain Watson. No Japanese warrant will stop such a salty dog!”