23 Nov '11, 8pm

Why brown spin keeps beating green spin

Why brown spin keeps beating green spin

Spin it, baby, spin it. Photo: Sinan Ceylan One of the perennial complaints of the green community is that the Beltway -- the ecosystem of politicians, staffers, lobbyists, NGOs, and media that influence federal policy in D.C. -- is dominated by what I guess you'd call the brown community: fossil-fuel lobbyists, conservative think tanks, and politicians who, for financial or ideological (or both) reasons, support fossil fuels and oppose clean-air and clean-energy regulations. The green community has its environmental NGOs and lobbyists. There are groups like the American Wind Energy Assocation and Solar Energy Industries Assocation to lobby for various bits of the clean-energy industry. But there is no central, strong voice speaking for clean energy, much less one that's allied with those on the clean-air side. The browns are better coordinated and funded, but they're also...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-11-23-why-brown-spin-k...

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