The American Petroleum Institute “API” is going to make a major push in the last weeks of August to destroy pending climate change legislation in the House and Senate. API is one of those really nasty industry lobbying groups dedicate to lying their asses off to protect the profits of their members. They have enough money to convince people that global warming is a myth, that the rise in CO2 levels over the last 30 years is a fluke, and that there is nothing at all to fear from the nice men in the executive suites counting their bonus money. We have heard their bullshit before, and whether the liars are Exxon, Enron or API, they do not give a crap about you or your family, and will say anything so they can keep drilling baby drilling.
API produces some slick shit – they have a whole section, free of course, dedicated to providing classroom lesson plans and information to spin their industry into some kind of fictional good citizen. It’s the same tricks you see on the worst kind of corporate propaganda commercials. Happy happy music, smiling kids, talk about growing our economy, creating jobs, and a bright and happy future! Gee, get me some lemonade!
The latest from these rat fuckers is this piece leaked and then posted at the Talking Points Memo Document Collection. It outlines API’s plan to begin astroturfing the country for the next 2 weeks. It is not just a call to arms, they will get you there: “API will provide upfront resources to ensure that logistical issues to not become a problem.” Busing operatives in is nothing new for industry groups. The insurance industry has had enormous success these last few weeks busing in gun toting lunatics to try and intimidate & scare decent Americans into believing that the Federal Government is coming to kill your grandparents. And a lot of people are buying it, as recent polls show. So API is going to do the same thing with the Waxman/Markey bill, as the document states “we must move aggressively in preparation for the post labor day debate on energy, climate and taxes”.
If you believe that our future is truly threatened by global climate change, now is the time to act. If the best you can do is sit on your ass and watch MSNBC, maybe listen to some Air American, then we are going to loose this fight. How often will corporations and their industry groups step on your neck before you realize that you can stand up and kick them in the nuts – if you have the balls.