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: