Fossil Funded Groups Attacking Renewable Energy? What do YOU think?

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By Steve Horn

Ever wonder why a blooming green energy industry has faced such harsh opposition? Now, as the old adage goes, “the cat’s out of the bag.”

On May 8 The Guardian revealed the network of fossil-funded groups coordinating the ongoing onslaught of attacks on renewable energy, particularly wind power. A memorandum passed to The Guardian from the Checks and Balances Project details the organizations and personnel acting as ringleaders to build an astroturf echo chamber of clean energy critics.

Guardian reporter Suzanne Goldenberg writes in “Conservative think tanks step up attacks against Obama’s clean energy strategy“:

“A number of rightwing organisations, including Americans for Prosperity, which is funded by the billionaire Koch brothers, are attacking Obama for his support for solar and wind power. The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), which also has financial links to the Kochs, has drafted bills to overturn state laws promoting wind energy.”

A confidential memo seen by The Guardian and obtained by DeSmogBlog “advises using ‘subversion’ to build a national movement of wind farm protesters,” explained Goldenberg.

That memo was crafted by the American Tradition Institute (ATI). ATI was the right-wing think-tank behind the lawsuit to obtain University of Virginia climatologist Michael Mann‘s “ClimateGate“ emails.

DeSmogBlog has covered ALEC’s assault on renewable energy previously.

Other gold in the memo, as relayed by Goldenberg:

  • “[A] national PR campaign aimed at causing ‘subversion in message of industry so that it effectively because so bad that no one wants to admit in public they are for it.’”
  • “[S]etting up ‘dummy businesses’ to buy anti-wind billboards, and creating a ‘counter-intelligence branch’ to track the wind energy industry.
  • “[C]alls for spending $750,000 to create an organisation with paid staff and tax-exempt status dedicated to building public opposition to state and federal government policies encouraging the wind energy industry.”

The memo was authored by John Droz Jr., an ATI Senior Felllow. Droz runs the website “Wind Power Facts” and is a climate change denier, on the record saying:

Is Global Warming a scientifically resolved matter? No. There is some very convincing evidence (and scientists) that indicate that there is such a thing as Global Warming. But there are some very qualified scientists (with good evidence) that suggest just the opposite. More importantly, statements often appearing in the media like ‘the majority of scientists’ believe in Global Warming, are meaningless. First of all, no legitimate survey has ever been done, and secondly, science is not about the number of people who advocate a position.

Furthermore, Droz is registered as a speaker at this year’s Heartland Institute (of DeSmogBlog’s “Heartland Exposed” fame) “Denial-a-Palooza“ event.

“These documents show for the first time that local Nimby anti-wind groups are co-ordinating and working with national fossil-fuel funded advocacy groups to wreck the wind industry,” Gabe Elsner, Checks and Balances co-director told The Guardian.

The story as a whole is well worth the read. Stay tuned for more coverage on the topic by DeSmogBlog, as well.

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MrsBJLee's picture
Feb. 17, 2012 9:45 am


That is what they do...
What they've always done.
Then they write the History books.
...and do it all over again.

Alphabet Channel Alternatives

~ Voltaire

❝1936: DuPont obtains a patent license to manufacture synthetic "plastic fibers" from German industrial giant I.G. Farben Corporation. The patent license is obtained as part Germany's reparation payments to the United States after World War I. A few years later, I.G. Farben manufactures deadly Zyklon-B gas, used in Nazi death camps to murder millions of Jews (along with many homosexuals and drug users). DuPont owned and financed approximately 30% of Hitler's I.G. Corps, the military-industrial backbone of the fascist Third Reich.❞ ~ Jack Herer

Al Capone and Watergate were red herrings to divert the countries attention from the Fascist acts of eliminating competition. Booze/Ethanol or Ganja//Hemp... Legally.

❝Italian fascism and German Nazism had their admirers within the U.S. business community and the corporate owned press. Bankers, publishers, and industrialists, including the likes of Henry Ford, traveled to Rome and Berlin to pay homage, receive medals, and strike profitable deals. Many did their utmost to advance the Nazi war effort, sharing military industrial secrets and engaging in secret transactions with the Nazi government, even after the United States entered the war. During the 1920s and early 1930s, major publications like Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, Saturday Evening Post, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and Christian Science Monitor hailed Mussolini as the man who rescued Italy from anarchy and radicalism.❞ ~ Parenti

Hemp CarHigh on Hemp

❝Fascism should more appropriately be called corporatism
because it is a merger of state and corporate power.❞
~ Benito Mussolini

❝Give me control of a nation's money
and I care not who makes it's laws.❞
— Mayer Amschel Bauer Rothschild 1863

❝...somebody has to take governments' place,
and business seems to me to be a logical entity to do it.❞
- David Rockefeller - Newsweek International, Feb 1 1999.

Peek or Peekaboo - Crude Oil Still Sucks

OPEC Fossil Fuels vs American Homegrown Bio-diesel

❝The size of the lie is a definite factor in causing it to be believed, for the vast masses of the nation are in the depths of their hearts more easily deceived than they are consciously and intentionally bad. The primitive simplicity of their minds renders them a more easy prey to a big lie than a small one, for they themselves often tell little lies but would be ashamed to tell a big one.❞
~ Benito Mussolini, December 8, 1935

Pro Life? Not even anti abortionists...

❝Another weapon I discovered early was the power of the printed word to sway souls to me. The newspaper was soon my gun, my flag - a thing with a soul that could mirror my own.❞
~ Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, 1930s

Arbitrary and capricious is legal language that was used by DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis Young in 1988 to conclude that DEA was obligated under the Controlled Substances Act to reschedule marijuana as a prescription medicine. DEA Chief Administrator Robert Bonner proceeded to arbitrarily and capriciously disregard Judge Young's well researched and reasoned decision, which the Act allowed him to do.


❝If you're not careful,
the newspapers will have you hating
the people who are being oppressed,
and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.❞
~ Malcolm X

The Myth of "Liberal Bias" in the Media

The Corporate Muzzle

A Few Buzzwords
If you spend any time watching, reading, or listening to the mainstream media, you'll find yourself immersed in a linguistic culture of political jargon that I call ❝buzzwords❞--these are words that are used to Confuse and obscure meanings and to derail critical thinking. Imagine a warning buzzer sounding off in your head when you see or hear one of these words being used.

Prohibit Elected Lobbyists and Yellow Journalism

The Lie of Balance
With the exception of occasional investigative articles or self-styled ❝analyses❞, modern journalism too often reverts to a formula where "fairness" and ❝balance❞ - to use the famous buzz words - prevail over "honesty" or ❝truth❞.

Bivings Group, premised on the power of the Internet,
engages in covert online attacks and web based front groups.

Anonymous hacks Monsanto PR firm Bivings Group
Operation End Monsanto is still very much up and running.
Pwnage will continue indefinitely.

First Victim: Bivings Corporation
Death and Taxes confirms that the Bivings Group is “a now defunct PR firm which was known to have worked with Monsanto.” The report goes on to speculate about the role Anonymous played in putting an end to the Bivings Group:

Osborn & Barr Communications was formed in 1988 with Monsanto as its founding client. The company's slogan is, "We create belief." - Friday, January 15, 1999 Osborne & Barr to harvest Monsanto's ag marketing.

Big Lies by Joe Conason
The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine
and How It Distorts the Truth

Kill the Messenger

Bushit Rumcheney Cocktail
Fascist Nationalism and MKULTRA

Authoritarians and the Drug War

The Drug Czar is Required by Law to Lie
Most people know that the ❝drug czar❞ — the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) — is an advocate for the government position regarding the drug war. But not everyone knows that he and his office are mandated to tell lies as part of their Congressional authorization.

❝All propaganda must be so popular and on such an intellectual level, that even the most stupid of those towards whom it is directed will understand it. Therefore, the intellectual level of the propaganda must be lower the larger the number of people who are to be influenced by it.

Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way around, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise.❞
~ Benito Mussolini,
London Sunday Express, December 8, 1935

❝There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers and any others.❞
~ Harry Anslinger, U.S. Commissioner of Narcotics,
testifying to Congress on why marijuana should be made illegal, 1937.
(Marijuana Tax Act, signed Aug. 2, 1937; effective Oct. 1, 1937.)

The Wrecking Crew, on How Conservatives Rule
Democracy Now Interview: Thomas Frank
❝Fantastic misgovernment of the kind we have seen is not an accident, nor is it the work of a few bad individuals. It is the consequence of triumph by a particular philosophy of government, by a movement that understands the liberal state as a perversion and considers the market the ideal nexus of human society. This movement is friendly to industry not just by force of campaign contributions but by conviction.❞

Booshammy Poison Inc.

Corporations That Supplied Iraq's Weapons Program

❝But it is time to acknowledge that the nation's news organizations have played a large and unappetizing role in deceiving the public….❞
- The New York Times

DdC's picture
Mar. 22, 2012 1:39 am

All I can say to that is WOW.

MrsBJLee's picture
Feb. 17, 2012 9:45 am

Can we get some conversation on the topic?

MrsBJLee's picture
Feb. 17, 2012 9:45 am

It's like that Casablanca scene,

Captain Renault: "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here."

Emile: "Your winnings, sir."

Captain Renault: "Thank you very much."

We know there's propaganda going on programming everyone to accept the way things are, which includes the need for more fossil fuels. Everyone gets in their cars and drives all over the place.

From a democracy perspective, if the people are the Captain Renaults of the world supposedly monitoring and preventing the abusive gambling, then the gas they put in their tanks is their winnings as they pretend to be concerned. Propaganda is just part of the casino culture. No one really wants to end their addictions. No one really wants to be democratic.

.ren's picture
Apr. 1, 2010 7:50 am

GOP Tax Myth & Junk Economics

If there's one thing all Republican politicians are really good at, it's straight-up lying through their teeth about how their tax cuts for the rich are actually tax cuts for the middle-class.

Reagan did it, George W. Bush did it, and now that he's officially unveiled his own so-called tax reform plan, Donald Trump is doing it, too.

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