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PolluterWatch Launches PolluterHarmony.com
New Matchmaking Site Will Help Polluter Propagandists and Influence Peddlers Find Friendly Public Officials to Sabotage Our Clean Energy Future
WASHINGTON - PolluterWatch, a project of Greenpeace, today
launched a new online matchmaking service called PolluterHarmony
(http://www.polluterharmony.com), which is dedicated to helping
polluter industry lobbyists, CEO’s and propagandists match up with
friendly public officials to make it easy to buy and sell influence and
sabotage our clean energy future without ever leaving the house.
The size and aggressiveness of the polluter lobbying effort has
resulted in increased media scrutiny, especially last month when the
news broke that dirty industry lobbyists helped Senator Lisa Murkowski
write legislation aimed at blocking the Environmental Protection Agency
from regulating greenhouse gasses. The lobbyists, former Bush officials
Jeffrey Holmstead and Roger Martella, helped Murkowski craft the bill
shortly after several of their clients made sizable donations to her
campaign account. PolluterWatch Director Kert Davies is awaiting a
response from Senate Ethics Chairwoman Barbara Boxer to a letter he
sent requesting an immediate investigation into the matter.
“PolluterHarmony will draw attention to the close connections between
polluters, influence peddlers and friendly public officials,” said
PolluterWatch Director Kert Davies. “While the relationships are not
quite romantic, it’s clear that many of these individuals put their
love of money and influence ahead of their concern for our health and a
clean energy future.”
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the new site launched alongside an
online advertising campaign. A promotional video is also included
to help market PolluterHarmony’s compatibility formula, which matches
polluters based on favored dirty energy product, past environmental
violations, and lack of interest in serving constituents.
To experience the pHarmony difference, go to http://www.polluterharmony.com
PolluterHarmony’s launch comes at a time when dirty industry companies
are spending record amounts on lobbyists and influence peddlers in an
effort to undermine clean energy policy. A report last week from
Greenwire revealed that the oil and gas industry spent $154 million on
lobbying in 2009. And the Supreme Court recently ruled that
corporations can spend unlimited amounts to directly impact the outcome
of our elections – allowing Big Oil to bury clean energy candidates
under millions of dollars of TV ads.
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