A recent rally in Houston, Texas, which was held to oppose federal climate change legislation, appeared to be on the level. Now it’s being reported that it was just an industry-organized ploy designed to scuttle lawmakers’ attempts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. The rally, attended by approximately 2,500 people, was organized by Energy Citizens, an astroturf alliance, which is funded primarily by the American Petroleum Institute (API). Public Citizen calls it “a fake grassroots group.” Greenpeace uncovered an internal memo in which API asked member companies and groups to help recruit employees, retirees, vendors and contractors to attend the Houston rally and 21 other rallies in key Congressional districts.
The Houston “rally” was the first of these orchestrated events. Public Citizen says it was more like a company picnic than a real rally. In fact, ordinary citizens were barred from entering the rally. The only people allowed in were energy company employees, who were bused in and who had to show a company ID in order to get in. This sort of thing should be made known to the news media and more importantly to the American people. It’s no more than a well-financed effort to control Congress by those big companies opposing climate change legislation.
Source: Public Citizen
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