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

Robert "Mike" Duncan

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Position: 
President and CEO

According to the Washington Post, "Duncan knows every prominent Republican in Washington.”

Evidence: 

Mike Duncan was the chairman of the Young Kentuckians for Nixon in 1972, and was a driver for Richard Nixon when he visited Kentucky during that campaign.

As chairman of American Crossroad's, Duncan is working with Karl Rove (who he's known since college), and well-known GOP operatives Steven Law and Carl Forti.

Duncan is a long-time supporter and fundraiser for Senator Mitch McConnell, a top recipient of contributions from fossil fuel interests.

Duncan is particularly close with Kentucky's most powerful Republicans, including Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), whose 1998 Senate campaign Duncan ran, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who is a fervent supporter of Duncan as RNC chair.

Other congressman Duncan enjoys a close relationship with include Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.), who represents the chairman's district in Kentucky, and his former RNC co-Chair RNC Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.).

Unlike the other candidates for the RNC's chairmanship, Duncan has not come out against the $700 billion financial bailout dubbed the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

While he has refused to answer whether he believes burning coal contributes to climate change, in his letter to the New York Times, he acknowledges that closing down coal plants would reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Quotes: 

"I am more than a partisan animal."

Huffington Post, March 19, 2009

"From time to time, I will call [Karl Rove] and ask him about what he knows."

The Christain Monitor, July 11, 2011

"Coal offers energy security at low prices that can be achieved in an environmentally sound way."

"There is a direct link between coal-based, low-cost electricity and economic prosperity...On all fronts, we need a strong sense of urgency to support the people and the industry who have fueled the American Dream, and who will continue to do so."

Reuters, August 16, 2012

“It is a passion,” Duncan said. “Both my grandfathers worked in mines. It was more of a personal thing than anything else. I saw the need. I think I understand the need that a country can’t have a defensible energy policy unless coal is a part of that.”

“We have to use this period before the election to increase the dialogue on energy and coal production”

Source, September 7, 2012

"EPA is waging a war on coal, and a war on affordable electricity prices and jobs. EPA continues to ignore the damage that its new regulations are causing to the U.S. economy and to states that depend on coal for jobs and affordable electricity,”

America's Power, September 18, 2012

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William Kovacs

Status: 
"use of the Internet by extreme environmentalists and greater amounts of public disclosure law will create fear and allow the sabotage of industries."
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Position: 
director of the Environment, Technology & Regulatory Affairs division

William L. Kovacs is responsible for environmental “advocacy” at the US Chamber of Commerce. He is not convinced rising levels of greenhouse gasses are causing global climate change. Under Kovacks, hired in 1988, the Chamber's anti-environmental work has become a core part of the organization.

According to the Chamber’s website:

Evidence: 

Bill Kovacs created and controls a Chamber funded PR effort called "Project No Project," which attacks environmental regulations and opposition to the oil and gas industry. According to the projects website:

"Project No Project assesses the broad range of energy projects that are being stalled, stopped, or outright killed nationwide due to “Not In My Back Yard” (NIMBY) activism, a broken permitting process and a system that allows limitless challenges by opponents of development."

Bill Kovacs is actively fighting against environmental impact studies of proposed coal export terminals on the Pacific Coast. In June of 2012, Kovacs wrote a letter asking the Army Corps to ignore calls for a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, which he considers ““excessive environmental review.” He has compared community opposition to coal export terminals to major battles in the civil war.

Kovacks has demanded the EPA conduct a "Scopes Monkey Trial" on the science of climate change.

Bill Kovacs is also the head of the Consumer Energy Alliance, a corporate front-group for anti-environmentalism.

 

 

Quotes: 

"Once again, EPA is overstepping its bounds to attack the coal industry, and it is ignoring the adverse employment impacts on the nation’s construction industries”

Platts

"The biggest threat to plastics and chemicals, and perhaps all industry, is the ability for anyone to disseminate incorrect information cheaply to the entire world...use of the Internet by extreme environmentalists and greater amounts of public disclosure law will create fear and allow the sabotage of industries."

Australian Broadcast Company

"Before the Civil War, (battlegrounds) like Antietam and Gettysburg were mostly unheard of...now the fight for a sensible energy policy is being fought on the same scale in places like the Port of Morrow and Longview."

Reuters

“While there is a scientific consensus that greenhouse gas concentrations have increased, the consequences of this and best means of addressing it are both still the subject of a vigorous debate."

Yale 360

“It would be the science of climate change on trial” (In reference to his demand that EPA conduct a trial of climate scence.)

Yale 360

"They don't have the science to support the endangerment finding,"

New York Times

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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. 

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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
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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.

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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

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