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Mon, 2010-08-30 11:09Kevin Grandia
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The Koch Industry and Americans for Prosperity Machine Exposed

The fallout continues from a very comprehensive New Yorker report exposing Koch Industries massive ideological machine with an opinion piece in the Sunday New York Times by columnist Frank Rich called: The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party.

Out in front of this controversy is a group called the Americans for Prosperity that has recieved millions from Koch Industries and has been touring the United States spreading misinformation about the realities of climate change and organizing local tea party protests.

Here is the background research we have put together over the years on the Americans for Prosperity and Koch Industries:

Background on Americans for Prosperity (AFP)

Background on Tim Phillips, president of Americans for Prosperity

Comprehensive background and history of Koch Industries

Background on Koch Industries - company holdings and investments

Background on Koch Industries and lobbying in Washington, DC

Background on Koch Industries and George Mason University

Thu, 2010-08-26 11:06Kevin Grandia
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Monbiot hits back at the Sunday Telegraph Pachauri Fabrication

You can’t link to the original article that appeared in the Sunday Telegraph in December that makes false accusations about Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, the head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) because the newspaper has scrubbed the story clean from its website. 

But as Guardian columnist George Monbiot points out today the lies in the article had their desired effect. 

Monbiot writes:

“The story (which has subsequently been removed from the Sunday Telegraph’s website) immediately travelled around the world. It was reproduced on hundreds of blogs. The allegations it contained were widely aired in the media and generally believed.”

The allegations put forth by the Telegraph were that Pachauri was profiting from his position as the head of the IPCC.

Turns out the story was completely false after the accounting firm KPMG was brought in to study all of Pachauri’s financial records. 

In fact, Pachauri’s compensation for his tireless work as the head of the IPCC is a whopping zero dollars and zero cents. That’s right, he isn’t paid a dime by the IPCC.

Check out Monbiot’s in-depth analysis here: The Smearing Of An Innocent Man

Wed, 2010-08-04 11:18Kevin Grandia
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America's Wetland Foundation dropped as sponsor of Be the One campaign

Last week, DeSmogBlog contributor Brendan Demelle broke a story about a campaign being run in the Gulf of Mexico called “Be the One” that listed its “sponsor” as America’s Wetland Foundation - an organization backed by major oil companies like BP, Shell and ExxonMobil.

Subsequent to Demelle’s article, Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock withdrew her public support for the “Be the One” campaign and has recieved a lot of positive coverage and praise for her decision.

The organizers of the Be the One campaign - a group called Women of the Storm - has now reassigned America’s Wetland Foundation from its status as the sole sponsor of Be the One campaign to that of a partner.

Lucky we took this screenshot last week [click to enlarge]:

Wed, 2010-08-04 10:44Kevin Grandia
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Want to Talk Northern Gateway Pipeline? Cancel your vacation

A Northern BC newspaper, the Kitimat Sentinal, has an article today talking about the impact Enbridge’s major oil spill in Michigan is having on the oil company’s proposal to run a similar pipeline from the Alberta’s tar sands to the West Coast of British Columbia.

It is a good read, but a note near the end of the article caught my eye regarding an upcoming community consultation that the “Northern Gateway Project Joint Review Panel” has planned:

“Aug 31 the Northern Gateway Project Joint Review Panel will be at Riverlodge in Kitimat for oral comments on the Enbridge submission.

People interested in commenting must register by August 18, by fax or mail.”

A community hearing in the last days of the summer holiday pretty much guarantees a poor showing of concerned citizens, something that I would guess would be a good thing if you’re bent on seeing this pipeline go through.

Fri, 2010-07-30 14:36Kevin Grandia
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Lexus: the Darker Side of Climate Denial

Blogger A. Siegel has stumbled across a pretty embarrassing spectacle put on earlier this year by Lexus.

As part of the launch of their “Darker Side of Green” Campaign, Lexus held a debate, hosted by comedian Sarah Silverman about whether climate change is actually happening.

Pretty unbelievable that this would get through their vetting process, unless of course they thought it was edgy or shocking enough to sell more cars.

Either way the debate did nothing more than propagate the myth that climate change is somehow not happening or something we need to worry about.

I would expect this kind of thing from the likes of former tobacco company spindoctors like the Heartland Institute than I would a company trying to promote their hybrid car.

You would also think that a debate about a complicated scientific issue like climate change would involve actual scientists who do research in the field. Instead, Lexus chose to have a filmmaker, who’s last film was a propaganda piece paid for by a mining company and a journalist (who made the best of a silly situation).

And the filmmaker, Phelim McAleer, does a good job embarrassing himself but that is beside the point.

Whatever carbon emissions Lexus thinks it’s going to reduce with its new hybrid were probably equaled out by the hot air produced at this ridiculous debate over something the likes of NASA and the US Academy of Science say is a real problem and something that needs to be addressed.

Fri, 2010-07-30 10:34Kevin Grandia
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New Website Wants to Turn Off Fox News

Author Marty Essen has started a new online project asking Americans to show their patriotism and Turn Off Fox News.

Whether it is the outright strange conspiracy theories of Fox host Glenn Beck or the subtler no-spin zone spindoctoring of Bill O’Reilly, Fox News has played host to many of the people we talk about here on DeSmogBlog everyday.

Essen writes,

“Unfortunately, unlike professional wrestling, where the predetermined conclusion is relatively harmless, Fox’s predetermined conclusions undermine elections, belittle the environment, embolden the paranoid, enrich the rich, and in general, divide our county.”

Well said. Help spread the message and help turn off Fox News!

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