Credo Action delivered a petition to the United Parcel Service with 84,453 signatures earlier today asking the company to dump the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Mary Battari, from the Center for Media and Democracy told the Guardian she considered it “a smart move” on Koch’s part. “The only way they can convince the public not to worry their heads about climate change and to forget about regulating the fossil fuel industry is to create their own media megaphone.”
The Center for Media and Democracy’s Mary Bottari told the Guardian she considered it “a smart move” on Koch’s part. “The only way they can convince the public not to worry their heads about climate change and to forget about regulating the fossil fuel industry is to create their own media megaphone,” said Bottari.
While its name suggests it is “for” consumers, in fact, SourceWatch.org says CEA [Consumer Energy Alliance] is a “front group for the energy industry that opposes political efforts to regulate carbon standards while advancing deep water and land-based drilling for oil and methane gas.”
Companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp., which says it accounts for climate change in its investment decisions, have also sponsored the organization [ALEC], according to the Center for Media and Democracy.
According to The Guardian, EELI’s core mission is actually “discrediting climate science and dismantling environmental regulations” and is “a free-market think tank that wants the public to believe human-caused global warming is a scientific fraud” that uses tactics including “filing nuisance suits to disrupt important academic research.”
“When E&E Legal doesn’t get everything it asks for, it will typically file a lawsuit and take the scientist and university to court,” the Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch writes.
Murray has worked assiduously for years to head off federal climate regulation. In fact, emails obtained by the Center for Media and Democracy showed that Murray conferred with then-Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt in 2015 after the Obama EPA announced its plans for reducing carbon emissions from the electric power sector. Inhofe acted as a go-between, arranging a phone meeting between the two.
My suspicions were confirmed when I checked the Center for Media and Democracy’s website and found that the Heartland Institute is a right-wing libertarian think tank and and according to The Economist is one of the most active “climate denier” organizations in the U.S. which receives the bulk of its funding from the petroleum industry, the Koch brothers and other climate change denier groups. In essence the arguments put forth by Burnett are just reformatted and regurgitated arguments that argue that climate change isn’t real and that we don’t need to worry about it.
Nick Surgey, Senior Fellow with the Center for Media and Democracy discusses California’s lawsuit against the EPA under the Freedom of Information Act and Scott Pruitt’s conflict of interest in his ties to the corporate elite’s climate denial group, ALEC.
Guest contributor Alex Carlin says the Climate Time Bomb is ticking while Trump walks away from the Paris agreement and he contends it’s worse than you may think (but there’s hope)…