Big Oil Plans on Staging 'Energy Citizen' Rallies to Oppose Climate Bill

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I'm not saying there's a linear connection between the news from two weeks back of lobbyists sending forged letters urging opposition to the climate bill to a Virginia Congressman, but it does show the level of manipulation going on to protect vested interests of polluters -- Think Progress reports that Greenpeace has obtained internal documents from the American Petroleum Institute that show they plan on staging so-called "energy citizen" rallies during the August Congressional recess:The API would coordinate transportation for oil industry employees to these rallies, where the objective would be, put a human face on the impacts of unsound energy policy and to aim a loud message at those states' US Senators to avoid the mistakes in the House climate bill and the Obama Administration's tax increases on our industry. Senate Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid reportedly has pushed back consideration of climate legislation to late September to allow Senators time to get their constituents' view during the August recess. It's important that our views be heard.

Which is all to say, to ensure that anything that cramps the business-as-usual, carry us down the path to catastrophic climate through continued rampant use of fossil fuels, plans of the petroleum industry is pushed aside in continued favor of big profits.

Further more the API will join with the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the trucking industry, the agricultural sector and others to stage these rallies.

via: Think Progress
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