Lisa Van Susteren (centre) and activists with Beyond Extreme Energy [Photo courtesy of Beyond Extreme Energy]

Psychiatrist Dr Lise Van Susteren did not expect to be allowed into a public hearing of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the agency responsible for regulating interstate energy transmission across the United States.

She had interrupted a FERC meeting before, which typically results in being barred from entering again. But to her surprise, she was allowed into the late February hearing, along with activists from Beyond Extreme Energy, a collective fighting fossil fuel extraction and calling for an overhaul of FERC to enable the quick transition to renewable energy sources.

Van Susteren had nothing prepared, but she knew the drill: she found a seat in the

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