One of the big ways that polluters are influencing the public is through “greenwash”. This tactic misleads consumers by exaggerating environmental programs and efforts though advertising, and diverting attention away from polluting operations. It’s no coincidence that the amount of greenwash in the media has drastically increased as consumers have become more concerned about the environment and Congress has taken up climate legislation.
Today we sent Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests to the home institutions of several prominent global warming skeptics. The request letters were sent to various state governors’ offices and state universities, as well as to the Smithsonian Institute, seeking information on scientists who are employees or former employees of these institutions.
The FOIA filings request a listing of all grants in support of research, copies of conflict of interest and outside income disclosures, copies of all email sent and received, and copies of CVs on file with the institutions.
On November 19, 2009, Greenpeace activists deployed a balloon banner in the lobby of the San Francisco hotel where the Chamber of Commerce was holding meetings. Tom Donohue, President of the Chamber, has been fighting climate legislation with misinformation and lies, while claiming to represent 3 million American businesses even though the actual number of businesses the Chamber represents is closer to 300,000.