It was reported by Climate Investigations that “American Petroleum Institute paid two PR firms $411 million 2008-2013. ($355 million 2008-2012)”…that averages out to about $70 million per year.
Earlier this year, one of those PR firms, Edelman, has called it quits with the API… read about it here. Back in 2010 the Edelman contract was for $63 million and in 2008, the oil lobby paid Edelman $75 million.
While this headline might be an overstatement based on more recent spending info…
…it looks like the go-ahead to spend big has been given. Oil & Gas Journal reported on June 23 2015 of API President, Gerard…“We must demand that those who represent us reject the outdated anti-energy political orthodoxy of those who advocate for a regressive energy policy that keeps fossil fuels in the ground, and demands and expects our society to embrace a substantially lower standard of living to satisfy their ‘off-fossil fuel’ agenda”.
I will submit to a lower standard of living if it is the only way my grandchildren can live in a habitable planet, but scare tactics like Gerard uses isn’t necessary. So much economic opportunity for jobs await in building renewable energy installations. The lower standard of living Gerard doesn’t admit to is when we cannot enjoy our “trinkets” if we are too sick from diseases caused by fossil fuel environmental contamination. So many cancers and lung ailments can be avoided…if we can just find and elect the right representation.
So it looks like Blue Advertising, a subsidiary of Edelman who will continue on with API, will be getting the mother load of profracking cash to attempt to brainwash Americans in the 2016 elections. Get ready to see a bunch of #Vote4Energy messages on social media.
OK so we each have a vote in this upcoming election, but I believe the hard part will be to find those who will run that want to leave fossil fuels in the ground so we can have a liveable planet and healthy people.
The way we can fight big oil and gas from buying an election is an idea I have to implement a way to easily vote using our social security number through the SSI system and mandate that each citizen vote or face a penalty.
This government voting website would be the ONLY forum for each candidate in the form of pre-recorded videos, debates, & opponent comparisons with each candidate’s position on policies.
The government healthcare website was a disaster, and so this voting website I’m proposing would be a challenge but not impossible. It would also be subject to hackers I’m sure, but an accompanying mail-in scantron vote can serve to verify it matches the electronic vote.
We have the technology to simplify elections that give equal voice to breathers not corporations…voting reform needs to happen before this next election.