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from Ayesha Rascoe:
A rally in Richmond, Virginia on Thursday was supposed to be a protest against Washington's climate bill. But like the raucous healthcare townhall meetings of recent weeks, there was plenty of anger to go around.
Sponsored by a powerful oil lobby and other business groups, the Energy Citizens Alliance event was a pep rally of sorts to encourage residents to rise against the recently passed House of Representatives climate bill that would limit greenhouse gas emissions.
Many of the protesters grumbled not only about the issue at hand but the direction of government in general.
"It's a lousy Congress, they're doing nothing," said Ray Oberleitner, a retiree who brought his wife Rita to the event. The couple said they are also worried about the plethora of so-called czars appointed by President Obama -- such as the Health Czar and the Green Jobs Czar -- to oversee issues, calling them dangerous.