Oil Lobbyists Turn To The U.S. Chamber Of Commerce To Deride Protests, Criticize New York Times

Protests against the Keystone XL pipeline outside the White House

The American Petroleum Institute, a lobbying organization for multinational oil companies, is furiously responding to a blistering editorial from the New York Times yesterday that sharply criticized the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. API, which is funded by top tar sands and oil pipeline companies, has tweeted several links bashing the editorial.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, another appendage of the oil lobby (Chevron and other oil corporations donate generously to the Chamber), is now joining in the push back. The Chamber’s Sean Hackbarth, a Republican blogging consultant, posted an item on the website Chamber Post to denounce the Times for daring to align itself with brave protesters using civil disobedience to stop the Keystone XL.

Of course, if the Chamber had its way, we would have a Scopes monkey trial about climate science and we would allow oil companies to write the curriculum for school children about energy.

Oil lobbyists can tweet and hire as many GOP consultants they desire. But nothing changes the fact that the Keystone XL will be bad for the climate, and dangerous for thousands of American communities living near the proposed site. Oil lobbyists have the money for much more advertising and public relations, but money can’t buy the passion exhibited by protests at the White House.

Click here for a slideshow of the latest protests.

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