VIDEO: We Are All Connected - ALEC vs. Democracy

  • Posted on: 26 August 2013
  • By: Connor Gibson

This new video from Greenpeace USA relates to our involvement in the Democracy Initiative, a coalition of groups working across issues to promote broader solutions to increase democratic participation, limit the abuse of corporate power and lessen the political influence of money.

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Tar sands satire shut down after complaints from law firm tied to oil industry

  • Posted on: 21 August 2013
  • By: JesseColeman

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Political satirists Andy Cobb and Mike Damanskis recently began a new video project to document the tar sands of Canada. But a law firm who represents Exxon and other tar sands interests has begun filing complaints, and had their video pulled off youtube.

Industry: 

National Mining Association

Address: 

Address:
101 Constitution Ave. NW

Suite 500 East

Washington, D.C. 20001

 

The National Mining Association (NMA) is the national trade organization of the U.S. mining industry.

Formed in 1995 and comprised of over 300 corporate members, it is the largest and most powerful lobbying group representing the mining industry. NMA does not disclose who its members are. According to its website, the goal of the NMA is to “represent the interests of mining before Congress, the Administration, federal agencies, the judiciary and the media.”

Evidence: 

NMA recently began an astroturf campaign in support of exporting coal mined in the US overseas. NMA’s members include Peabody Energy, one of the largest potential beneficiaries from exporting US coal.
 
NMA spent $4.8 million on lobbying in 2012. One of the lobbying firms contracted by NMA is the influential Podesta Group.
 
From 1997 to the 2012 election cycle, NMA had spent over $40 million on lobbying, primarily on bills related to clean energy and green jobs, the regulation of greenhouse gases, coal mine reclamation, and carbon capture and storage.
 
Gregory H. Boyce, the current CEO of Peabody Energy, served as Chairman of the National Mining Assocaition.
 
NMA, with input from Peabody Energy, authored the talking points used by republicans against the Waxman Markey climate change bill that failed in 2010. The National Mining Association was listed as the ninth-largest association contributor to the anti-climate change effort, spending $4.2 million, primarily on the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill (HR 2454) to delay EPA GHG reductions
 
The Natinal Mining Assocaition runs COALPAC and MINEPAC, political action commitees that supports pro-mining candidates.
 
In 2010 NMA, the American Petroleum Institute, and other groups represeting the fossil fuel industry met with key Republican politicians including James Inhofe and Fred Upton to discuss President Obama's energy policy. The goal of the meeting was to "to lay the groundwork for a sweeping Republican-led effort to undercut Obama's climate agenda."
 
In 2011 Scholastic, the childrens books publisher, was caught distributing propaganda created by the National Mining Association to schools around the country. 66,000 fourth grade teachers received tralking points written by NMA to build into lesson plans.

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Frackalypse Now! Cartoon lampoons actual military psy-ops used by oil & gas companies

  • Posted on: 21 May 2013
  • By: Connor Gibson

Check out the latest cartoon by Mark Fiore, a spoof on the real-life habit of oil and gas companies to employ military specialists trained in psycological operations to convince U.S. landowners to sell their land for hydraulic fracturing.

Industry: 

Chris Stewart

Position: 
Congressman, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Environment

Born July 15, 1960

Member of the LDS Church

Graduated from Utah State University in 1984

Evidence: 

Chris Stewart is the CEO of the Shipley Group, which consults government agencies on navigating through government regulations in the energy sector. Shipley received $35,000 in stimulus funds. 

 

Chris Stewart and Climate Change Denial

 

Though Chris Stewart does not believe there is sufficient science linking greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, his consulting business, Shipley Group, trained government workers on climate change science and impacts.

 

Stewart wrote and op-ed in the Salt Lake Tribune in which he claimed "the science regarding climate change is anything but settled."

 

Chris Stewart's connections to Koch Industries:

 

Chris Stewart has received $61,000 from the fossil fuel sector, including the largest possible donations from ExxonMobil and Koch Industries

 

 

2011-2012 campaign contributors to Stewart’s campaign included:

 

·        Continuing a Majority Party Action Committee (which Koch contributed to)

·        ExxonMobil

·        National Mining Association

·        Koch Industries

·        Prosperity PAC (which Koch contributed to)

 

The book "The Miracle of Freedom," written by Chris Stewart, is recommended reading at Koch Industries.

 

Chris Stewart and Keystone XL

 

Among the bills Chris Stewart has co-sponsored is H.R.334 , the Keystone For a Secure Tomorrow Act. This bill supports the building of the Keystone XL pipeline.

 

Chris Stewart and Glenn Beck

 

Chris Stewart wrote The Great and Terrible, a psuedo-relligious apocolyptic book series similar to the Left Behind series. Earlier in 2012, Stewart, who calls Glenn Beck a friend, began collaborating with Beck to adapt The Great and Terrible into a 10-volume e-book series aimed at a general audience.

Glenn Beck Interviews Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart and members of his family are involved in pushing an ALEC bill that would privatize feederal land in Utah, opening up iconic Utah scenery to coal mining and drilling

 

Chris Stewart's family connections to politics and lobbyists:

Chris Stewart's brother Tim Stewart is a lobbyist for American Capitol Group, a washington DC lobbying firm.

American capitol Group lobbies for fossil Fuel interests, like the Western Energy Alliance, a group mainly comprised of fracking and oil companies.

Tim Stewart  lobbied for EnergyNorthAmerica, a company he cofounded to lobby for the Fossil Fuel Industry

One EnergyNorthAmerica slide presentation reads:

"The fact that fossil energy and mining are viewed by political "elites" with disfavor, a view driven by acolytes of radical environmentalism, has resulted in damaging laws and regulation and general neglect"

Other Family connections:

Judge Ted Stewart » Before he was a federal judge, Ted Stewart worked for Utah Govs. Norm Bangerter and Mike Leavitt. He got his start in politics with Rep. Jim Hansen, serving as his first chief of staff. He ran for Senate in 1992, losing at the state convention.

Brian Tarbet » Tarbet married into the Stewart family in the 1970s and, like many of the Stewarts, he served in the military, rising to the rank of adjutant general of the Utah National Guard. He retired from that post in October and is now the general counsel to Utah Attorney General John Swallow.

Cody Stewart » Ted Stewart’s oldest son worked for Sen. Hansen’s office. He has also worked for former Rep. Chris Cannon and Rep. Rob Bishop and he spent three years lobbying as part of Tim Stewart’s firm. He is now Gov. Gary Herbert’s energy adviser.

Luke Johnson » Ted Stewart’s son-in-law. He became a deputy director in the Interior Department and lobbied with Tim Stewart for a time. He remains in Washington, D.C., where he is the vice president for the National Ocean Industries Association.

From the Salt Lake Tribune

Chris Stewart and civil rights

He has written that gay soldiers must be prohibited from serving in order to "ensure our national defense."

Quotes: 

"I’m not as convinced as a lot of people are that man-made climate change is the threat they think it is."

According to a spokesman from Representative Stewart's office:

"there is not sufficient science to say that the release of greenhouse gasses from human causes is affecting the climate"

 

"I am the CEO of a company that works extensively with independent energy producers."

"De-federalizing public lands is vital to a coherent energy strategy. It will lead to greater energy independence, an issue that is critical to our national security"

"At critical times in our history...we literally had miracles where God intervened to save us."

Stimulus spending, bailouts for Wall Street, local education, Amtrak, farm subsidies, medical research, alternative-energy development, transportation programs … the list of federal spending programs that can be cut goes on and on,”

 

"From time to time, we get a certified nutcase, and Chris Stewart truly is a certified nutcase." - Former Utah Republican, from Mother Jones Magazine

 

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US Congress
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Mercenary Admen: 5 ways one PR group has hijacked politics for corporate gain

  • Posted on: 7 March 2013
  • By: JesseColeman

Most people have never heard of the DC lobbying and public relations firm DCI Group. When DCI Group does it’s job right, most people never do. That’s because DCI is a prime example what a highly effective, professional, and well-funded Public Relations firm can do. Are you a cigarette company that wants grassroots support for cigarette smoking? DCI can do that. Are you an Indonesian timber conglomerate that wants the “freedom” to sell illegal rainforest pulp?

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REVEALED: Donors Trust is the secret ATM machine for climate deniers

  • Posted on: 15 February 2013
  • By: Aliya Haq

A new Greenpeace analysis released today shows that Donors Trust, a shadowy funding vehicle, has laundered $146 million in climate denial funding from 2002 to 2011. Yesterday’s article in the Guardian referenced part of the Greenpeace analysis.

Climate-denying Indiana Regulator helps ALEC Coal Companies Delay EPA Climate Rules

  • Posted on: 13 December 2012
  • By: Connor Gibson

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