“Gasland 2″ Grassroots Premiere in Illinois Highlights Industry PSYOPS and Ongoing Fracking Fights

By: Tuesday May 21, 2013 3:50 pm

Gasland 2 screened yesterday in Normal, IL and DeSmogBlog was there to gain a sneak peak of the documentary set for a July 8 HBO national premiere.

Josh Fox’s documentary played at the Normal Theater, the second-ever screening since the film officially premiered on April 21 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

The movie builds on Fox’s Academy Award-nominated Gasland, further making the case of how the shale industry’s hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) boom is busting up peoples’ livelihoods, contaminating air and water, polluting democracy and serving as a “bridge fuel” only to propel us off the climate disruption cliff.


ALEC, CSG, ExxonMobil Fracking Fluid “Disclosure” Model Bill Failing by Design

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 5:30 pm

Last year, a hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) chemical fluid disclosure “model bill” was passed by both the Council of State Governments (CSG) and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). It proceeded to pass in multiple states across the country soon thereafter, but as Bloomberg recently reported, the bill has been an abject failure with regards to “disclosure.”

That was by design, thanks to the bill’s chief author, ExxonMobil.

SUNY Buffalo Shuts “Frackademia” Center, Shale Resources and Society Institute

By: Monday November 19, 2012 7:15 pm

Today, SUNY Buffalo closed the doors of its Shale Resources and Society Institute (SRSI), what we at DeSmog have described as an epicenter for “frackademia” and a public relations front for the oil and gas industry to promote hydraulic fracturing (“fracking“) under the guise of scientific legitimacy that a university offers.

Campaign to Fix the Debt Backscratches Politico for Publicity

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 2:40 pm

Here’s something you won’t read in Politico, incidentally, at least not while the Campaign to Fix the Debt Debt butters their bread: the companies funding the campaign stand to gain hundreds of billions of dollars if their policy goals get met.

Adventures in Corporate PR: JPMorgan Chase About to Pull Off Fail Whale Bait and Switch

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 10:37 am

Here’s a classic example of how corporations manage expectations. A couple weeks ago, on the same day as the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the New York Times reported that JPMorgan Chase’s losses from the Fail Whale trades could reach as high as $9 billion. Their sources were “people who have been briefed on the situation.” I wrote at the time that “I could see how the PR strategy would be to leak a high number and back into the lower (but still awful) one, and taking that as a ‘win’ in the markets.”

Securitization Fraud Task Force Responds to Criticism With PR

By: Tuesday May 22, 2012 7:05 am

Darren Samuelsohn takes a look at the much-maligned securitization fraud task force, which has come under criticism for, well, not doing much of anything since coming into existence. Let’s see how the leaders of the effort have responded to all that criticism.

GAO Attacks “TARP Worked” Meme

By: Tuesday January 10, 2012 10:40 am

Along with Dean Baker and a few others, I’ve been fighting a lonely crusade against those who insist that TARP “made money.” In a new report, the GAO faults Treasury for constantly shifting the goalposts on how they report that “profit” from TARP. It’s a slightly different argument, but one that highlights how this illusion of a successful TARP lies in manipulation of the numbers.

Censorship & Propaganda: BART Shuts Down Cell Phone Services to Prevent a Protest That Didn’t Happen

By: Saturday August 13, 2011 12:26 pm

Four Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) stations in San Francisco had their cell phone service shut down on Thursday, August 11, to prevent a planned protest from materializing. James Allison, deputy chief communications officer for BART, reports BART staff or contractors shut down power “to the nodes and alerted the cell carriers,” including AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and T-Mobile.

Murdoch’s News Corp. in Full Damage Control Mode

By: Monday July 18, 2011 3:00 pm

I think we’re so used in America to see corporate malfeasance get a free pass that we’re not particularly inclined to believe that News Corp. will be fatally wounded by this phone hacking scandal. I’m not so sure of that, not least because the story originated in, and is still being adjudicated in, Britain. To be sure, their government is completely compromised and in bed with Murdoch’s company as well, but in a way that’s forcing them to be more aggressive than they would otherwise. Already we’ve seen huge dominoes fall – Rebekah Brooks, Les Hinton, the BSkyB deal. And now the Board of Directors of News Corp. is starting to wonder if Murdoch himself is in the position to continue.

Nuclear Industry: Pay No Attention to the Potential Meltdown Behind the Curtain

By: Monday March 14, 2011 11:45 am

Officials at Fukushima Daiichi concede that they will have to release radioactive steam for as long as a year as a result of the operations failure at the plant, and that the 200,000 evacuated may not be able to return for years to their homes. It’s not that this wasn’t a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. It’s that, when such events strike, the long-lasting effects for nuclear plants that fail are far greater than other energy sources. And the PR machine can’t spin their way out of that.

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