More on Big Energy’s “Grassroots” Efforts
The last two posts focused on the efforts of Big Coal‘s and Big Oil’s efforts to organize “grassroots” campaigns to stop increased regulation of risky enterprises (e.g. Mountain Top Removal). Millions are being pumped into campaigns aimed at convincing workers that environmental regulation will take away huge numbers of jobs. This is very effective given high unemployment and this week’s report that applications for unemployment compensation is again on the rise. We saw the same kind of pitch being used in the 1970’s.
We applaud Center for American Progress (CAP) for its campaign to stop a California ballot initiative aimed at axing the state’s landmark clean energy law, AB-32. The Tea Party is heavily engaged in the initiative. The campaign against AB-32 is being funded s by Billionaire David Koch, owner of Koch Industries (a major energy company). His company (heavily vested in oil refineries, asphalt and other energy industries) would clearly benefit if the initiative passes. The TV ads definitely play up job fears.
Koch previously donated big sums to climate change deniers. For more go to CAP video and see for yourself.
It is critical that progressives support stimulus and green energy programs and proposals designed to create jobs.