Oil, Coal Scandals Deepen–Plus a Coal Coloring Book to Boot!

Will Dirty Coal and Big Oil stop at nothing?

The scandal over coal industry lobbyists stealing identities to protect their profits deepened this week, as did disturbing stories over the oil lobby attempting to manufacture fake public outcry over the move to clean energy.

Then there’s the astoundingly scary coal coloring book for kids, which further illustrates how far the coal industry will go to protect their dirty energy status quo.

Washington’s Roll Call reported on Aug. 18 that Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., had uncovered five more forged letters as part of his investigation into fraudulent correspondence in opposition to the House climate change bill.  The letters were sent by Bonner & Associates on behalf of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

The forged letters — now totaling 13 — were made to appear as though they came from nine different nonprofits, such as the Erie Center on Health and Aging and a Hispanic advocacy organization.

These anti-democratic and anti-American tactics are a full frontal assault on our legislative process and democracy in general. When Congress can’t distinguish between genuine and fake constituents the entire process collapses — and we the people lose control over our government.

Ironically, these companies rely on us for the tens of millions of dollars they spend trying to keep us tied to their dangerous products. They happily accept our utility bills every month, and they gladly take our investments (401k, etc) and fund fear campaigns dedicated to manipulating public opinion and killing necessary science-based policies. In return we get destroyed habitats, toxins in our air and water and a planet threatened by global warming.

But we can fight back on two fronts. We need to make sure the Senate invests in a clean energy economy while we invest in companies dedicated to environmental sustainability. From Capitol Hill to Wall Street, we need to show these companies we mean business.

Every call, every email to our Senators counts when pushing forward on the clean energy legislation to be taken up by the Senate this fall. This bill is strongly opposed by the oil and gas industry because it would for the first time place a limit on their emissions of greenhouse gases.  

 


26 comments

John C.
John C6 years ago

The truth to me.....is that the climate IS changing. Anyone that try tries to grow things for any length of time will say so. The issue here for myself is not the politics. It is how to live through the change of climate. How can we adapt as a nation when the majority of the population lives in urban areas, and believes that climate change is a lie? What do "they" grow? What will they grow? What can they grow?

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LMj Sunshine
James merritt jr6 years ago

Wonderful article and comments, thank you for sharing.

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LMj Sunshine
James merritt jr6 years ago

Wonderful article and comments, thank you for sharing.

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LMj Sunshine
James merritt jr6 years ago

Wonderful article and comments, thank you for sharing.

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William L.
Past Member 9 years ago

Humans cause global warming..ok Extra solar activity causes global warming ok extra planetary activity causes global warming ok..cars cause global warming ok.ice ages cause global warming ok. there is no warming ?? There is no cooling ??..there is cooling ??..planet is dying ok..atmospheric change from natural cyclic causes is happening ok..this is fact.. 50% of the deaths in Canada are from pollution related diseases..25% from hospital infections and incompetence c plus average causes global warming..life is a terminal adventure. Life can kill ya. So will deniers avoiders and the politically always right..we in deep poo poo..global conflagration immanent..h2s atmosphere accelerated..breath that genius..cyclical sterilisation of planet by any means.. means..no humans thank God.Goddess, lucky breaks..wishful thinking and lotto 649..who cares..planet do fine without humans.. whats the loss ?? No loss.. yaaay. Go Gaia. Scorch the place..who cares..only the lonely..;-) 2011 Oct 28..Boom ok 12 21 12 boom who cares..no humans.. great.. best scenario.. no humans.. rest do fine. Get it ? human parasites..just insects that think..like lic or mange.. or cancer.. devour the host. dead host..carcass...I love it all..best tho.. NO HUMANS now..whats left..the evolved..where are they..diff vibratory realms..wheres earth .. who cares..no humans ;-) all well that ends well.. no humans..bones at sea level on a dead planet..h2s atmosphere.. no humans..nuclear options. no humans..hahahah....yaa

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megan m.
megan m9 years ago

sometimes I wish I lived in La La land too, that way I wouldn't have to be concerned about anything either.

but alas, I live in reality, and it is full of having to face uncomfortable and sometimes terrifying facts.
The oil and coal industries are a cancer that has rooted itself deeply in our world. They brainwash and lie and cheat and make more money in a day than most of us will make in our entire life, and yet they get away literally with murder.

Well fellow sheeple, its time we do wake up and cut the cancer out of lives once and for all.
Live your life for the health of this planet, its the only one you've got...


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Renee L.
Renee L9 years ago

GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX!! PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THIS JUNK SCIENCE NEED TO WISE UP!! We are heading into another ice age people. There is a report recently that said the ice sheet up in Canada is thicker than normal due to an unusually cold winter. The polar bears are fatter and healthier because of it. All of this crap is lies people. Stop being so naive and learn something. Stop being Sheeple!! Wake UP!!

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Renee L.
Renee L9 years ago

GLOBAL WARMING IS A HOAX!!
3. Polar Bears Refute Al Gore's Warnings

The polar bears that climate change alarmists claim are endangered by global warming are doing just fine, thank you.

Al Gore and other alarmists have warned that higher global temperatures due to greenhouse gases could lead to the melting of the polar ice caps. That would threaten the polar bears' efforts to find food and survive.

But due to colder than usual subarctic weather this year, healthier polar bears are being spotted along the Hudson Bay coast in Canada, according to a release from PR Newswire.

"The late break-up of ice this year on Hudson Bay means the polar bears, which rely on sea ice to live, have been given more time during spring and summer to hunt and eat seals, and this has allowed them to gain important weight to live off of until freeze-up," said Robert Buchanan, president of Polar Bears International.

Daryll Hedman, a regional wildlife manager for Manitoba Conservation in Canada, said polar bears remain on the Hudson Bay ice for as long as possible so they can feed, and this year the ice was so thick that they stayed there for an extra two weeks, resulting in fatter, healthier bears this summer.

On a related front: With many Democrats still clamoring for cap-and-trade legislation to curb carbon emissions in response to global warming fears, the outgoing leader of the environmental group Greenpeace has retracted an assertion about Arctic ice.

In a July 15 rele

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Carol H.
Past Member 9 years ago

Of course like anyone else if they lie to the American Public they should be put into jail and that is a fact.

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Sir Walk F.
Sir Walk F9 years ago

On the plus-side, the coloring book is obviously very easy to manipulate, merely by changing the words.

You too can give your kids an informative "Why Coal Mining is Destructive and Unsustainable" coloring book.

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