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?