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Scott Pruitt's Secret Science Plan Was Developed to Defend Tobacco and It Could Be Coming for Clean Air Rules

Powell Tate Secret Science action plan

In early 1998, lobbying and PR company Powell Tate was busy with a strategy to protect its tobacco industry clients from health and safety regulations.

Costing roughly $200,000, the plan was called “Secret Science” and would be a public affairs campaign “mounted in three phases” to influence the public, scientists, corporations, and policymakers. 

After “laying the groundwork,” the plan was to build “a critical mass of outrage” and then offer a solution to all the outrage and division the campaign had whipped up.

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The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition

The Advancement of Sound Science Coalition (TASSC)

Background

"FrackNation" Part Two: The Koch Industries Ties That Bind

Part one of the DeSmogBlog investigation of “FrackNation” - a film made in response to “Gasland 2” - honed in on the past track records and funding streams of co-directors Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney.

We revealed that Donors Trust/Donors Capital - the “dark money ATM of the right” - partially funded their first two films, “Mine Your Own Business” and “Not Evil, Just Wrong.”

We also revealed that “Not Evil,” a climate change denial documentary, was utilized by a partner of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) to push the Balanced Education for Everyone (BEE) campaign.

That campaign calls for a “balanced” scientific teaching of the climate change “controversy” and parallels ones pushed for via an American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) model bill, by the Discovery Institute, and by the Heartland Institute.

Yet, what about “FrackNation”? Who bankrolled it and are the screenings and is the tour really a grassroots endeavor? 

It might seem that way based on its marketing, but as Jean de La Fontaine once said, “Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.”

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A. Alan Moghissi

A. Alan Moghissi

Credentials

  • PhD, Physical Chemistry, Technical University of Karlsruhe in Germany. [1]

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Steve Milloy

Steven J. Milloy

Credentials

  • Juris Doctorate, University of Baltimore. [1]
  • Master of Laws (Securities regulation), Georgetown University Law Center. [1]
  • Master of Health Sciences (Biostatistics), Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. [1]
  • B.A., Natural Sciences, Johns Hopkins University. [1]

Background

Memo on the Plan for the Public Launching of TASSC

You can download a copy here.

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