23 Jan '12, 2am

American Petroleum Institute's Jack Gerard Fact Checked By Activists During Speech

Shortly after asking the president, "what are you thinking?!" a group of activists stood and delivered a call-and-response "fact check" over Gerard's speech — see the full Fact Check video . After the event, PolluterWatch's Connor Gibson approached Jack Gerard on camera and repeatedly asked him how much the American Petroleum Institute (API ) is spending on its new "Vote 4 Energy " advertising campaign (which, as Mr. Gerard has absurdly claimed, is "not an advertising campaign "). Jack refused to answer: Vote 4 Energy , which was mocked by a parody commercial during its public release, is the American Petroleum Institute's newest money dump to pretend that most Americans support politicians who represent Big Oil more than their own constituents. Wrapping its talking points in patriotic rhetoric, API 's real intent is to continue getting billions of taxpayer dollars each ye...

Full article: http://www.desmogblog.com/american-petroleum-institute-s-...

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