Clash of the Titans: Coal and natural gas battle over future power plants and a local “grass roots organization” is a major player
Is there any local coverage?
Before there was “fake news,” there was “astroturfing” from “grass roots organizations”
I’ve written about astroturfing on several occasions. Here’s how I first explained it:
The Online Slang Dictionary defines astroturfing as "the creation of lobbying groups that appear to be separate from corporate interests, but . . .
It wasn't too long ago that Ohio Valley residents regularly read Murray Energy PR releases posing as news stories on the front pages of our local Ogden “newspapers.” I’m not sure what has changed but I don't see them as often as I once did. In case your day is not complete without Murray Energy news, here are some recent stories . . .
With a picture of Robert Murray and Rick Perry that you weren't supposed to see
Contributions and then policy
From yesterday’s New York Times, an article titled:
Trump Groups Raised Millions, Then Paid It Out to Loyalists and a Trump Hotel
A pair of groups supporting President Trump say they raised $30 million last year, then spent tens of thousands of those . . .
The Intelligencer edits and buries an important energy decision
You’ll need to turn to page 8 of this morning’s Intelligencer to read about an important energy decision that was made yesterday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The Intelligencer’s version of the AP report tells us:
An independent energy . . .
Headline at Politico: “Trump coal backer wins big under Perry's power plan”
The top story at Politico at 10 AM gives us the details:
A proposal by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to alter the nation's electricity markets would provide a windfall for a small group of companies — most strikingly one owned by coal magnate Bob Murray, a prominent backer of President Donald Trump.
Perry's plan would . . .
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From the Think Progress:
The White House announced Thursday that President Donald Trump has officially nominated Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, to be deputy administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Until recently, Wheeler was a registered lobbyist for Murray Energy; he de-registered as a . . .
Trump administration rejects power plant protection
The Associated Press is reporting that the Trump administration has turned down a plea from Murray Energy to keep certain coal-fired power plants open:
The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to win a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants, a decision contrary to what one coal executive . . .