11 May '18, 3am

Company Behind Proposed Natural Gas Power Plant in New Orleans Tied to Astroturfing Campaign

Company Behind Proposed Natural Gas Power Plant in New Orleans Tied to Astroturfing Campaign

Entergy New Orleans, the company that recently won approval to build a controversial $210 million natural gas power plant in the city, confirmed that actors were paid to show support for this project at public meetings. Though Entergy claims it was unaware of the situation, a public relations firm it hired had paid freelance actors to testify in favor of the project at public meetings. On May 10, Entergy released its finding from an internal investigation revealing that the public affairs firm The Hawthorn Group, which it hired to organize “grassroots support” for the natural gas power plant, in fact paid actors to voice and show support for the plant. The Hawthorn Group in turn hired a company called Crowds on Demand to “pay individuals that it recruited to appear and/or speak at those two meetings.” “ This activity was undertaken without our knowledge or approval, and I ...

Full article: https://www.desmogblog.com/2018/05/10/entergy-natural-gas...

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