Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales, ‘"Astroturf Activism": Leaked Memo Reveals Oil Industry Effort to Stage Rallies Against Climate Legislation,’ Democracy Now, August 21, 2009
Here's a guest post from Stephanie Finneran, an amazing activist with Greenpeace in Boston, MA:
Cross-Posted from Greenpeace
International — Billionaire tycoon David Koch likes to joke that Koch Industries is, “The biggest company you’ve never heard of”. But the nearly US$50 million that he and his brother Charles quietly funneled to front groups which deny that climate change is a problem is no joking matter. Our new report shows how that cash, between 1997 and 2008, went to groups working to prevent action being taken against climate change.
PolluterWatch unveiled the next installment in the PolluterHarmony web ad series today. The second ad in the series shares the story of an oil CEO named Rex, who despite a long history of relationships with foreign oil providers, has turned to pHarmony for something a little closer to home.
PolluterWatch Director and Greenpeace USA Research Director Kert Davies sent the following letter today to American Petroleum Institute President Jack Gerard asking him to respond to two recent news articles that raise serious questions about government handouts for dirty industry companies and polluter executives’ true positions on clean energy.
Exxon Mobil used to say that it stopped funding fringe groups and "unthinking tanks" that denied the overwhelming evidence behind global warming and pushed out thousands of non-credible, non-sourced, industry-funded and unscientific research to raise doubts about climate change.
But whoops! New evidence has appeared that Exxon is in fact dumping money into these "research institutes."