Richard Berman, a lobbyist nicknamed “Dr. Evil”, has made a career out of trying to thwart labor, public health and environmental groups. His specialty is known as “astroturfing”, a tactic he pioneered and has been paid to do from a good slice of Corporate America. Berman sets up front organizations with benign sounding names like the “Center for Consumer Freedom” or the “Employment Policies Institute” to promote interests like the tobacco industry and union busting under pretense of providing the public with information – hiding the company’s financial contributions through a series of non-profits to keep their hands looking clean.
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|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 17, 2013 11:05 am|
A demonstration against Devon Energy and the company’s role in fracking and tar sands mining, including the Keystone XL pipeline, ended with four individuals being placed under arrest last week. Two of them were arrested by police on the basis that they had violated an Oklahoma anti-terrorism law prohibiting “terrorism hoaxes.” It is strongly suspected [...]
|By: Steve Horn Sunday November 18, 2012 7:45 am|
The Tar Sands Blockade of TransCanada Corporation’s “Keystone XL South” continues in Texas, but former members of the Clinton and George W. Bush cabinets believe the northern half will soon be green-lighted by President Barack Obama.
In a Nov. 13 conference call led by the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), an oil and gas industry front group, CEA Counsel John Northington said he believes a “Keystone XL North” rubber stamp is in the works by the Obama Administration.
“I think the Keystone will be approved in fairly short order by the administration,” Northington said on the call.