Surprise Surprise — “Energy Protest” is just oil company employees

This morning on KNTH there was an announcement for an “energy protest” today in downtown Houston.   And looky-here — Kathleen has a post up about it.  Of course, her entire life style is a result of the oil industry gouging us consumers year after year.

Well, here’s the proof that is it oraganized by the oil industry, via TPM:

A leaked memo sent by an oil industry group reveals a plan to create astroturf rallies at which industry employees posing as “citizens” will urge Congress to oppose climate change legislation.

The memo — sent by the American Petroleum Institute and obtained by Greenpeace, which sent it to reporters — urges oil companies to recruit their employees for events that will “put a human face on the impacts of unsound energy policy,” and will urge senators to “avoid the mistakes embodied in the House climate bill.”

API tells TPMmuckraker that the campaign is being funded by a coalition of corporate and conservative groups that includes the anti-health-care-reform group 60 Plus, FreedomWorks, and Grover Norquist’s Americans For Tax Reform.

The memo, signed by API president Jack Gerard, asks recipients to give API “the name of one central coordinator for your company’s involvement in the rallies.”

And it warns: “Please treat this information as sensitive … we don’t want critics to know our game plan.”

As they say, read the whole article.

And who does Kathleen link to in her post?  Energy Citizens.  And who is funding the astroturfing?  Energy Citizens.  If you go to their website, there was nothing promoting the rally, but there was a livefeed.  The protest is described this way:

On August 18, Texas Energy Citizens stood up for American jobs and affordable energy with a kick-off rally in Houston. These individuals urged Senators to produce legislation that would not take money out of Americans’ pockets and cost millions of jobs.

John Coryn and Kay Baily Hutchison need to hear this message?  Srly?

And it was held at Houston Center.  Guess which company has offices at Houston Center:


Guess what time the protest was:



2 responses to “Surprise Surprise — “Energy Protest” is just oil company employees

  1. Things haven’t changed in 30 years. When I worked for an oil company that long ago (in downtown Houston & elsewhere) there was a lot of emphasis put on run-of-the-mill employees (file clerks, secretaries, etc.) to be ‘warm bodies’ at clearly political events. Whenever I had to go into the offices of the up-and-ups or administrative types, you would have thought it was a U.S. government office in DC, what with all the huge framed photos of Ronald Reagan & the loathsome James Watts. One of the geologists (very personable & civilized & smart) was also refreshingly honest about how the major oil companies had pretty much decided years earlier that no lawsuit brought against them by any environmental outfit (& they included the EPA, not just Sierra Club etc.) should ever be judged on its merits. The first and only reaction should always be to allow themselves to be taken to court, on the theory that they (the oil companies) had enough reserves of cash specifically devoted to legal issues that they could stall and delay and either bleed the either side dry or, if the lost, then simply pay the fines, no matter how huge, since ‘huge’ was a relative drop in the bucket. Chevron (not the major I worked for) has been flooding the tv (including PBS) with oh-so-serious ads about how they are part of the solution, but I’ll never ever believe them. They’ll be counting their silver up to the moment the skies cloud over and the sun disappears.

    • Just look at how long the Exxon Valdes took to litigate. People working on it grew old and died over the 20+ years it was in litigation.

      I was just shocked! shocked! that they were so obvious about it, especially given the charges they have encountered over the health insurance debate so far.

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