Record amounts of ad spending by dirty energy industries, same old deceptions

  • Posted on: 14 September 2012
  • By: JesseColeman

This year, the oil, gas and coal industries combined have spent more than $153 million on ads promoting fossil fuels and attacking renewables, according to the New York Times. That’s almost four times the amount spent on clean energy advertising in the same time frame.

It’s also a third more than was spent by the fossil fuels industries in 2008. 


Science Denial and Andrea Saul – Romney 2012 Campaign Spokesperson

  • Posted on: 6 August 2012
  • By: Connor Gibson

Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson attacks fracking videographer Josh Fox, spreads lies about fracking

  • Posted on: 2 July 2012
  • By: JesseColeman

In a speech to the Council on Foreign Relations, Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil lashed out at fracking critics, especially filmaker Josh Fox. Tillerson's attack featured numerous mistruths, which Joh Fox's newest film, called "The Sky is Pink" and featured above, points out.


Nucor CEO Dan Dimicco stands by the Heartland Institute and denies his climate denial

  • Posted on: 15 June 2012
  • By: JesseColeman

Climate change denial is a set of organized attempts to downplay, deny or dismiss the scientific consensus on the extent of global warming, its significance, and its connection to human behavior, especially for commercial or ideological reasons. Source: Wikipedia


BP Oil Spill FOIA collection

Coastal Areas
Drilling Safety
Embassy Communications
FOIA and State Public Request Letters
Oil Fingerprint
Public Impacts
Research Funding and Contracts

In July 2010, Greenpeace began submitting a series of 50 requests to federal agencies, state offices and public universities, seeking information on what was happening behind the scenes of the Gulf oil spill. Greenpeace sought answers to some of the most pressing questions about the fate of the oil, its impacts on vulnerable Gulf ecosystems, and the government’s overall handling of the disaster

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  • Coastal Areas (3)
    FOIA documents from Governor Jindal's office, NOAA, and EPA that related to the oils impact on coastal areas.
  • Drilling Safety (2)
    FOIA documents from the U.S. Coast Guard and Department of Transportation that discuss drilling safety.
  • Embassy Communications (5)
    Communications between the UK FCO and the UK embassy in Washington about BP .
  • FOIA and State Public Request Letters (46)
    Copies of public records request letters sent to Gulf state universities requesting correspondence about the oil spill.
  • Oil Fingerprint (4)
    Data characterizing oil from the Macondo well
  • Public Impacts (7)
    Documents received from Government Jindal's office and Auburn University discussing some of the oil spill's impacts on local people.
  • Research Funding and Contracts (53)
    Documents received from state universities describing research funding and projects in the Gulf region following the oil spill.
  • Water (35)
    Internal communications from EPA, NOAA, Coast Guard and other agencies describing impacts in the Gulf following the oil spill, including dispersant usage, underwater oil plumes, and research projects.
  • Wildlife (17)
    Internal communications from NOAA and the Coast Guard regarding the oil spill impacts on wildlife, including turtles and endangered marine species.

Heartland Institute Leaked Document Collection

Heartland Institute leaked documents

On February 14, 2012, internal documents from the Chicago-based Heartland Institute were leaked to the public, including budget and fundraising documents revealing Heartland's financial donors, Heartland's climate science denial campaign work in 2012 and detailed payments to federal employees, university faculty and career climate skeptics.

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Thomas W. Hiltachk

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Partner, Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk

Tom Hiltachk is a managing partner at the law firm Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, which specializes in ballot measures in California. Hiltachk is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento and the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.


As a partner at the Sacramento-based lobbying firm Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk, Tom Hiltachk has formed a front group, the Coalition Against the Costly Food Labeling Proposition (CACFLP), to fight the November 2012 California ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods.

Hiltchack was the attorney that filed Prop 23, an effort to repeal California's global warming law. The attacks on the global warming law were mainly funded by fossil fuel corporations.

A devoted Republican, Hiltachk was behind a plan to split California’s electoral votes, which would have significantly eased the Republican path to the presidency.

Tom Hiltachk has set up multiple front groups for his corporate clients.  In the 1980s and 90s, Hiltachk took over a million dollars from Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds to coordinate a variety of stealth front groups.  Hiltachk helped organize “Californians for Smokers’ Rights,” a supposedly “grassroots” group that relied on tobacco industry consumer lists to mobilize opposition to anti-smoking initiatives. Working with “academic” fronts like the Claremont Institute (also funded by tobacco), Hiltachk and his law partner Charles Bell mobilized business opposition through a front they helped manage called Californians for Fair Business Policy. Source: Thinkprogress


The New Yorker on Tom Hiltachk’s law firm, Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk:

“They specialize in initiatives that are the opposite of what they sound like—the Fair Pay Workplace Flexibility Act of 2006, for example. It would have raised the state minimum wage slightly—by a lesser amount than it has since been raised—and, in the fine print, would have made it impossible ever to raise it again except by a two-thirds vote in both houses of the legislature, while, for good measure, eliminating overtime for millions of workers.”

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ALEC slips Exxon fracking loopholes into new Ohio law

  • Posted on: 31 May 2012
  • By: Connor Gibson

Nucor’s Hypocrisy: Funding The Heartland Institute's Attacks on Climate Change Science

  • Posted on: 29 May 2012
  • By: JesseColeman

Nucor's logo

Nucor, the largest producer of steel in the U.S., takes great pains to present a “green” image.  Nucor's website is full of oak trees and pastoral scenes next to the tag line “Nucor: It’s Our Nature.”


More corporate funders drop the anti-science Heartland Institute, Including Bayer, GlaxoSmithKline, Verizon, and CUNA

  • Posted on: 24 May 2012
  • By: JesseColeman