“A shill, plant or stooge is a person who helps a person or organization without disclosing that he or she has a close relationship with that person or organization.” wikipedia
When Robert Bryce, a “scholar” for the Manhattan Institute, says things like “I love cold beer and air conditioning, and the only things that can bring that to the American consumer are oil, coal and natural gas,"(which he said at KPMG's May 26 Global Energy conference in Houston) he expects to be taken seriously. When he calls green energy a myth or writes articles like “Let Exxon Run the Dept. of Energy,” or argues for continued subsidies for oil and gas industry, he wants to be seen as an “academic,” a “journalist,” or an “energy expert” - which is how he describes himself in his many media appearances.
What Robert Bryce doesn’t say, not once in the more than 40 times he has appeared in media since October 2011, is that the Manhattan Institute has taken close to 7 million dollars from the fossil fuel industry (including $505,000 from Exxon and $1,575,00 from the oil and gas billionaire Koch brothers).
That’s why the watchdog group Checks and Balances Project asked Bryce point blank if he would disclose his ties to the oil and gas industry. Turns out that is one question he is not willing to answer.
Me thinks he doth protest too much…