On Tuesday, The Guardian newspaper used documents obtained by the Checks & Balances Project to expose coordination between local anti-wind groups and fossil fuel-funded advocacy groups’ attacking clean energy.
On February 1st and 2nd, at least 2 prominent advocacy groups connected to fossil fuel interests (American Tradition Institute (ATI) and Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)) met in Washington with 32 NIMBY (“Not in my backyard”) organizations to discuss a coordinated “subversion” campaign to wreck wind energy.
As Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian wrote, “The strategy session is the latest evidence of a concerted attack on the clean energy industry by think tanks and lobby groups connected to oil and coal interests and free-market ideologues.”
Checks and Balances Project found a “National_PR_Campaign_Proposal (.doc),” via a Google Search, authored by American Tradition Institute Fellow John Droz, Jr. that indicates the meeting was called to discuss plans for a coordinated national disinformation campaign against wind energy. The document details a series of wind energy attacks ranging from “counter intelligence,” setting up a “dummy business” and steering kids away from science projects on wind because “it doesn’t meet the criteria we set up.” The document also notes that they should coordinate national messaging but make sure the same message “appears to come from as many as a dozen separate sources.”
According to The Guardian, “There is evidence that network is already coming into being. Since the meeting, participants have pooled efforts to make phone calls and send email to members of Congress.”
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