Memo To Politico: Get Some Binders Full Of Environmentalists

So the Politico has been running an event series on “Energy & The Presidency.” The final event poster from the famously center-right group of political journalists gives new meaning to the term “false balance”:

So 6 out of 7 of the “Special Guests” are not exactly friends of future generations:

  • Jack Gerard, CEO of the anti-climate, pro-pollution American Petroleum Institute (API)
  • Karen Harbert, President and CEO of the anti-climate, pro-pollution U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy
  • Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who in a 2010 campaign ad, shot a bullet at the climate and clean energy bill!
  • Jeff Holmstead, former assistant EPA administrator … for George W. Bush.
  • Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who in 2010 called climate change scientists “frauds” practicing “modern version of the rain dance“!
  • Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), a “climate science skeptic” who has worked tirelessly to delay or kill EPA clean air regulations

Yes, there is one enviro — there almost always is — Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), who is certainly a clean energy champion.

Looks like Politico could use some binders full of environmentalists. (Binders can be purchased separately here.)

Looks like American Wind Power isn’t getting their money’s worth. I’ll say this for Politico, though: They obviously don’t feel beholden to their sponsor, unlike, say, the Washington Post, which was widely criticized last month for running an energy debate that was a “one-sided discussion spread across two pages” — and for concealing API’s sponsorship!

UPDATE (11 am): Politico has now added the well-known environmentalist, Frances Beinecke, President of National Resources Defense Council. So now instead of 6-to-1, it is 6-to-2. That is progress, yes?


5 Responses to Memo To Politico: Get Some Binders Full Of Environmentalists

  1. Mike Roddy says:

    Our press and television are controlled by the fossil fuel companies. Readers of blogs like this one are aware of this fact, but if you live in Lexington or Phoenix you may never find out what is really going on with energy and global warming.

  2. catman306 says:

    Here’s a laugh. (for those too busy to scour the web.) Yes, we need binders full of environmentalists and climate scientists. And a few more politicians willing to lead.

    Binders full of women mashup.

  3. BillD says:

    This kind of BS makes me so angry. I sent a comment to Politico. It was easy to do. Is full scale denial of science really now “center right?”

  4. An energy policy series featuring, primarily, dirty, dangerous, and depleting fuel blow hards. Now that’s not loading the dice ;)

    If this keeps up the second American revolution will be against the fossil fuel monarchy.

  5. Kim Feil says:

    On the issue of fracking…Obama wants to do it “safely”…there is no such thing…we will share the same fate as the coal lung workers…only we are residents, and students in the shale….. live at ground zero for urban drilling. We have about 60 padsites in our 99 sq mile town here in Arlington TX. The following requests won’t cover public protections on the huge buildout and the associated human errors or accidents. We had a drill spill in Lake Arlington, our drinking source, a couple of years ago and have had maybe a dozen emission events over the last couple of years that I am aware of.

    These are the items that our drilling ordinance lacks …..
    1. Use electric (not diesel) rigs in urban areas.
    2. Video tape ALL cement casing pours when it comes back up to the top through the annulus so that there is proof of an even pour and ensure all wells have electric bond log tests.
    3. All drilling mud farming (private & commercial) and brine “road spraying” is subject to open records of water & soil test results.
    4. We need the industry to invent technology to keep the toxic, silica dust on the padsite-those pathetic pillow case looking socks aren’t getting the job done.
    6. We shouldn’t have to wait 2.5 years for the EPA mandated Green Completions and allow venting or flaring in urban or rural areas….methane losses should be prevented-period.
    7. The pipeline should be in place FIRST before fracturing so that flowback doesn’t sit in the ground for months festering some unknown, man-made hydrogen sulfide-like stale water flowback.
    8. The setback away from people should be substantial. Rural method drilling is not acceptable in urban areas. A doctor who is an environmental tester said that the health effects are being seen downwind from about 1,800 – 2,500 feet.
    9. Zero tolerance for underinspected, or faked Waste Disposal Injection Well casing pressure tests which risks eventual migration of toxic fluids into our drinking supplies.

    Lets elect officials that will ensure a protective Oil & Gas Drilling Ordinance at the local state and federal level. This is in our “collective” power so we must all become active to be proactive because reactive measures are too costly.